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JHA supports backpack effort

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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Shown, from left, are: Sharon Bandy, Phyllis Whitley, Carah Patterson from Jack Henry and Associates, Pastor Ron Stair, and Ken Bandy, [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
A check for $1,000 has been presented to the Food for Thought backpack program, which supplies weekend backpacks of food to students in Monett's two public elementary schools whose family finances leave them without enough nourishment to fully learn in school.

Employees at Jack Henry and Associates (JHA), based in Monett, raised $6,000 over the summer through a special breakfast fundraiser and by donating $1 a day for the privilege of wearing shorts and flip-flops to work.

JHA is dividing the money between backpack programs in the Monett, Pierce City, Purdy, Cassville, Aurora and Mt. Vernon school districts.

Carah Patterson presented the check to the Food for Thought program leaders, based at the First Christian Church in Monett.

"We're grateful to Jack Henry for the support and the other organizations that have supported the program," Ken Bandy said. "We're trying to raise funds to be able to increase the number of children we can help from 48 to 72 by the beginning of 2013."

For more information on the Food for Thought backpack program, contact the church at 235-7233.



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