|Pearl Jam donation to support weekend lunch program at Delavan school|
|Written by CSI media|
|Monday, 28 November 2011 10:08|
Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder performs this past summer at Alpine Valley. The band has donated $50,000 to a program that will provide weekend lunches for some students at Delavan's Wileman Elementary School. Terry Mayer/staff photo.
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DELAVAN — More than two months after a two-day stop in Walworth County during their 20th anniversary tour, the members of Pearl Jam are reaching out to schoolchildren here.
The band has donated $50,000 to Blessings In A Backpack. The program will help to feed 216 children over a three-year period at Wileman Elementary School in Delavan, according to a news release.
Starting Jan. 1, Blessings In A Backpack and grocery partner Piggly Wiggly will ensure that the children receive a backpack each Friday of the school year. The backpacks will be filled with essential food for the weekend.
“The legend of Pearl Jam continues to grow in the eyes of not only their fans, but now in the eyes of American schoolchildren as they have ensured for the next three years that schoolchildren in Delavan will get the opportunity to be totally, nutritiously nourished,” said Stan Curtis, founder and CEO of Blessings In A Backpack.
Pearl Jam’s donation came from the Vitalogy Foundation, the band’s wholly funded nonprofit organization.
For more information about the backpack program and how you can help, go online to www.blessingsinabackpack.org.