100,000 is a big number. But, it only takes one story to know the kind of impact Knight Pack has made on families in need in the Windsor Central School District.
“I was delivering packs to C.R. Weeks once and they told me that before Knight Pack became a thing they had one student come in one Monday and say, ‘I’m so glad I’m here. I didn’t have anything to eat this weekend,’” said WCHS senior Sydney Feeko, an officer in the Knight Pack club.
On Thursday, the club accepted its 100,000th food donation. WCHS senior Alexis Green began the program as a 7th grader. The five-year-old program raises donations to provide students in need packs of food to take home on weekends and vacations to help lessen food insecurity. These packs have become much-needed staples for some students in the District.
“I hear stories from guidance counsellors that kids run to them and say, ‘Do I get my pack this week?’ Of course, the answer is yes,” said Green.
The recipients of the program are anonymous. Members deliver packs of food to the five schools in the District at the behest of guidance counsellors and social workers, who then get them to families in need. Students take home packs in their backpacks on Friday afternoons.
“You never know the people in your community who may be struggling. Food insecurity can effect anyone,” said Green.
Neither Alexis Green, nor her mother, Amy, a teacher at WCHS who has supported Alexis’ efforts with Knight Pack, could have imagined the program would have raised 100,000 food items when the program began five years ago.
“It’s hard to put into perspective what 100,000 food items are,” said Amy Green.
Knight Pack has become an extracurricular activity at WCHS, so it will continue after Green’s graduation in June. Juniors Cortney Briggs, Andrea Marble and Trista Evans will run the program next year, hoping to increase donations and participation from students in the High School. However, younger students, including a Girl Scout troop, have also participated in Knight Pack.
“Some of the students who may have gotten packs as kids could be the ones running the program one day,” said Amy Green.
The program's major fundraiser, the 5th annual Knight Pack Walk/Food Drive, will take place April 28 at the WCHS track at noon. You can register a team for $25 and/or bring food and donations to the event. You can email [email protected]
or see her in room 227 of Windsor Central High School for more information.