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Photo by Roger Gavan The Backpack Snack Attack Program will hold a Spring Fling dinner and fund raiser at Grappa Ristorante on Monday, March 21. Backpack Snack Attack Program Director Shirley Puett helps plan the event with Grappa Ristorante business partner Nick Ahmetaj (left) and owner Tony Sylaj.

Photo by Roger Gavan The Backpack Snack Attack Program will hold a Spring Fling dinner and fund raiser at Grappa Ristorante on Monday, March 21. Backpack Snack Attack Program Director Shirley Puett helps plan the event with Grappa Ristorante business partner Nick Ahmetaj (left) and owner Tony Sylaj.

The Backpack Snack Attack program will hold a “Spring Fling” dinner and fund raiser on Monday, March 21.

The fifth annual event, supported by local businesses, organizations and individuals, will be hosted and sponsored by Grappa Ristorante at 22 Railroad Ave. in the Village of Warwick.

Since January 2009, elementary school children in this area have been taking advantage of Backpack Snack Attack, a charitable program designed to insure that needy children always have enough to eat.

The Warwick Reformed Church on Maple Avenue originated this program, which is available to public elementary schools in Warwick, Florida, Pine Island and Greenwood Lake.

Less than $6 fills one pack back

 

Program volunteers stuff backpacks with food for almost 300 needy children to enable them to eat at home on weekends and during the summer when the free breakfast and lunch meals they receive at school are not available.

The backpacks, with individually sized and ready to eat or microwave ready food items are sent home with the children every Friday and returned to the schools the following Monday.

Each of the previous four dinners have raised between $7,500 and $8,000.

According to program officials, $8,000 comes close to filling 1,400 backpacks.

“Thanks to the tremendous support of Grappa Ristorante owners Tony and Nick,” said volunteer Len Singer, “Backpack Snack Attack has conducted multiple fund raisers each year successfully raising money for the food that goes directly to needy children in our towns.”

Essential information

• There will be two seatings at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. for the Spring Fling Dinner.

The event will feature a cash bar and the menu will include salad, entrée, soft drinks, dessert and coffee.

And there will also be raffles for gift certificates, jewelry and Seiko watches.

• The cost per person is $40 payable in advance and all proceeds benefit Backpack Snack Attack.

• Reservations can be made through Grappa Ristorante, 987-7373 or Len Singer at 248-6526.

• For additional information visit: www.backpacksnackattack.com.

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