GUILFORD - The Richardson's know tough times...when Jessica's husband, Ron, was laid off a couple years ago...it suddenly became a struggle to feed their four children.
That's when they heard about the backpack program...an effort from a local food pantry to help hungry kids...supplementing their food on the weekends to help them do better in school. Volunteers meet every Wednesday to stuff the backpacks with items like cereal, granola bars, and macaroni and cheese--healthy foods that the Richardson kids love.
The Greenville school system is working to establish a similiar program, as they have also seen a growing need among local children. If you would like to donate to the effort, you can go to visit the Maine Partnership
Erin joined the ABC-7 and FOX Bangor news team in February 2012. She was born and raised in Presque Isle, Maine where she attended Presque Isle High School. While in college Erin interned in the WVII news room before working as a Production Assistant. In May of 2012, Erin received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maine, along with a minor in Anthropology. When she's not out covering local news, Erin enjoys running, skiing, visiting with family and friends, and traveling around this beautiful state. She is especially interested in outdoor adventure so if you have a story idea, send it her way!