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Cassville R-IV Partners with Faith Based Community to Serve Local Kids

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5a579d3b3abbfCassville R-IV maintenance staff, Rick Morgan and Kent Stephenson unload pallets and sort food items to be sent home with students. Dusty Reid, Director of Operations at Cassville R-IV, pictured assisting maintenance staff.
Cassville R-IV maintenance staff, Rick Morgan and Kent Stephenson unload pallets and sort food items to be sent home with students. Dusty Reid, Director of Operations at Cassville R-IV, pictured assisting maintenance staff.

Cassville R-IV School District recently took advantage of acquiring six pallets of non-perishable food items for a reduced rate from the State and Federal Surplus in Jefferson City. Food items will be distributed to students through the Bright Futures Backpack Program.

 The Bright Futures Backpack Program provides nonperishable food items to children in the district that may need food assistance over the weekend.  Jill LeCompte noted that our student’s basic food needs are important to the school and if we can assist a family in securing basic meal and snack options then we can ensure that children are not at risk of going hungry over the weekend.

 Cassville R-IV has also partnered with our faith based community and will provide 864 meals, or one pallet, to both the Cassville First Baptist Church and the Community Food Pantry at the United Methodist Church.  This allows the school opportunities to extend the food access to a greater number of families in need.

“We are here to do what is best for kids,” stated Dr. Richard Asbill, Cassvlle R-IV School Superintendent. “When the district got word that this food was available, we knew we needed to take advantage of this opportunity and acquire the food for our students and community members who are at risk to go hungry.”

Each meal includes one entrée, such as tuna, beef stew or Spaghetti O’s, one starch, such as crackers, chips or a granola bar, a fruit and a dessert.

“I would like to thank Dr. Asbill for ordering the food and going to Jefferson City to pick it up for our wildcats,” said Kristie Preddy, Eunice Thomas Elementary Guidance Counselor. “He sacrificed his personal time to ensure our students have food to eat on the weekends. It says a lot about our district when the leadership is concerned about the well-being of our students and not just test scores.”