CHIPLEY – Some Washington County children will have a happier Thanksgiving, thanks to the kickoff of a new program sponsored by the Chipley High School Juniorettes and their partners to ensure elementary students have adequate food during school breaks.

Called "Little Brown-bag Blessings," Juniorettes sponsor Belinda Collins says the program was inspired by national campaigns to fight hunger.

"For students, hunger causes poor concentration, academic performance, and physical side-effects," said Collins. "The CHS Juniorettes have addressed this problem to curb the hunger-pangs of local elementary students, partnering locally with Kate M. Smith Elementary School (KMS)."

Little Brown-bag Blessings is an opportunity to prevent food inadequacy and provide meals to young students who may not have enough food in their home, those who feel the inadequacy most when school is out of session and lunchroom food is not available. The program provides non-perishable, easily prepared foods elementary students can take home before extended breaks. All donations stay in Washington County.

"The CHS Juniorettes partnered with KMS this school year to provide these easy access foods, but they could not do it alone," said Collins.

Local businesses and individuals have partnered with the club as well, to help provide donations for first set of extended breaks this year. Sponsors to date are Jack and Jean Taylor, Chipley Gun and Pawn, Keith and Jana Shores, Jaqueline Stewart, Hungry Howies Pizza, Community South Credit Union, and B & K Construction.

The club is still looking for sponsors to provide donations for the next school break in March. Anyone interested in contributing may contact Belinda Collins at Chipley High School by calling at 850-638-6100.