VCSC expands back pack program; reaches students during closings

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The Vigo County School Corporation announced Monday it would join forces with the city of Terre Haute, Terre Haute Fire Department and County Fire Departments to provide an alternative eating option for students on days where Vigo County schools cancel because of weather.

It’s part of the Corporation’s food Back Pack program. The program provides snacks to students, namely on free or reduced lunch, who rely on the corporation’s daily lunch and breakfast opportunities.

This winter’s weather has wreaked havoc on the school corporation; closing school several times for snow, and extremely cold temperatures. For the kids who count on the daily meal, this creates a food insecurity issue.

Susan Eisman, the Back Pack program’s founder, long time teacher, and Terre Haute North High School Media Specialist believes it’s important to give students the opportunity to eat, even when school cancels.

“And so I realized that the fire departments are centrally located all over the city usually within walking distance of any students home that would need one and there are volunteer departments out in the county and as usual, God has the best answers,” said Eisman.

Terre Haute City Fire Department Stations, alongside County Fire stations will now provide the Back Pack program snacks on days where school cancels due to inclement weather.

“Students, the body, the physical body itself needs nutrition everyday and that keeps their brains functioning and as teachers we find that a student who has a good sound brain we’re able to do marvelous things with, but a student who is suffering because of stress in their life or worry also needs help, so these take a student from fear to one of hope,” added Eisman. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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