A drawing was held Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Warwick Reformed Church to select the winners of the sixth annual Backpack Snack Attack Holiday Raffle.
The drawings were held as a group of 20 Backpack Snack Attack volunteers, friends and family attended a party with food and refreshments donated by Grappa Ristorante.
A certificate of appreciation was also presented to Tony Sylaj, owner of this popular Warwick restaurant on Railroad Avenue, for his support of Backpack Snack Attack.
Grappa Ristorante plays a large role in several of the Backpack fund raisers every year.
“This year,” reported volunteer Len Singer, “we raised $1,920 in raffle tickets sales.
The Warwick Reformed Church on Maple Avenue in the Village of Warwick, originated this program, available to public elementary schools in Warwick, Florida and Greenwood Lake.
Program volunteers stuff backpacks with food for needy children to enable them to eat at home on weekends when the free breakfast and lunch meals they receive at school are not available. Currently the organization feeds approximately 280 children.
“To protect their identity the schools provide a number assigned to each needy child,” explained Program Executive Director Shirley Puett. “The backpacks, with individually sized and ready to eat or microwave ready food items are then sent home with the children every Friday and returned to the schools the following Monday.”
Each child costs approximately $5 per week so the weekly cost is about $1,400 per week.
The results of this fund raiser, one of many throughout the year, would cover about one and one half-week’s expenses.
“It is one of our smaller fund raisers,” said Singer, “but it does involve several businesses that support us and every dollar we raise is important.”
The grand prize this year was a Thanksgiving Holiday Basket valued at $150, which was donated by Len and Adele Singer and Grappa Ristorante. The winner was Roy Falkena from Warwick.
“A big thank you to all of the businesses for donating the gift certificates,” said Puett.
For more information about the Backpack Snack Attack program visit www.backpacksnackattack.com.
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