Each school year, Blessings in a Backpack meets twice a month to pack small bags with nonperishable food for children who are not guaranteed a hot meal at home on the weekends. The Peoples State Bank has long been a supporter of this group and is putting out a call to all of Jasper County to get involved.

Visit the drive up branch at the corner of Washington and Van Buren streets to see a unique flag construction made entirely out of soup cans and toaster pastry boxes. This flag represents approximately one meal for each of the Jasper County student-recipients of this program. In addition to donating the flag structure to Blessings in a Backpack at the end of the fundraiser, Peoples State Bank will also match a cash donation totaling up to $500 that gives the public a chance for dinner out at local restaurants.

Raffle tickets are available toward a gift certificate to your choice of Joe’s Italian Food and Pizza, China King Buffet, Filler Up Buffet or Parklanes. Those funds will ensure that each student receives an identical pack of food for the weekend. Tickets are available for $1.00 each or 6 tickets for $5.00. The winners will be drawn Friday, Sept. 21 before the Homecoming Parade and on Live on the bank’s Facebook page.

Peoples State Bank is a long-time supporter of Blessings in a Backpack. With this effort, the bank hopes to bring Blessings in a Backpack to the attention of more people in Jasper County, giving them the opportunity to support the program.
Blessings in a Backpack began in 2005 to provide students with three meals a day on weekends. In 2008 Blessings in a Backpack became a non-profit organization and expanded beyond its home state of Kentucky. The organization now has programs in 45 states, providing nutrition to students in the hours between Friday and Monday when they return to school.