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Pasco County’s 'Pack A Sack' program needs your help feeding food-insecure children on weekends

Program feeds over 1,300 kids from 30-plus schools
Pack a Sack program
Posted at 3:27 AM, Apr 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-04 06:29:00-04

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — Linda Leighton’s family always had food on the table when she was a child.

Some friends and other people she knew were not so lucky.

Linda now volunteers in the Pack A Sack program because of them and all the kids in Pasco County today who are also food insecure.

Pack A Sack provides food to more than 1,300 kids at more than 30 schools.

“My volunteers love to help, but even if they weren’t here, I’d do this by myself,” says Leighton, packing sack after sack of meals for kids. “This means that much to me.”

Pack A Sack is part of a local non-profit organization One Community Now.

“A lot of these kids may eat their last meal on Friday at school for lunch and may not eat again until school on Monday morning,” says One Community Now’s Patti Templeton.

Volunteers are always needed.

One Community Now will also host a Hunger Walk to support Pack A Sack on April 13 at Gulf High School. The charity is hoping to raise $120,000.

For more information on Pack A Sack and the Hunger Walk, visit