Pictured (L to R) are Britney Ralstin, representing Boomerang Backpacks and Grossnickle Eye Center; Matt Ralstin, representing Grossnickle Eye Center; Tara Carlile, Boomerang Backpacks; Tucker Carlile, Boomerang Backpacks high school volunteer; and Sydney Lancaster, Boomerang Backpacks high school volunteer. Photo by David Slone, Times-Union.
Pictured (L to R) are Britney Ralstin, representing Boomerang Backpacks and Grossnickle Eye Center; Matt Ralstin, representing Grossnickle Eye Center; Tara Carlile, Boomerang Backpacks; Tucker Carlile, Boomerang Backpacks high school volunteer; and Sydney Lancaster, Boomerang Backpacks high school volunteer. Photo by David Slone, Times-Union.
Grossnickle Eye Center recently gifted a $5,000 donation to Warsaw Community Schools’ Boomerang Backpack program.

While the program has been in WCS’s elementary schools for eight years, it was started in March 2008 in Kendallville under the guidance of founder Mark Cockroft. The program has a simple goal: feed hungry children on the weekends. The program initially started in one elementary school and now feeds over 3,700 students in 49 schools throughout northeast Indiana.

Boomerang Backpacks feeds hungry youth while educating high school students and encouraging community involvement.

Warsaw Community Schools hands out 493 backpacks each week. Grossnickle Eye Center’s gift of $5,000 will feed 48 children for 30 weeks in the WCS system.

Organizers of the program extended a “huge thank you to Grossnickle Eye Center. Without local donors like this, we could not do what we do!”

To donate, go to Boomerangbackpacks.org and designate Warsaw Community Schools.