Sometimes a bag of groceries is enough to give a family hope.

For nearly a decade, the Janesville School District has organized Bags of Hope, a food drive that last year fed 350 families and 50 seniors in the Janesville area.

The groceries aren’t distributed until Dec. 16, and for the next several weeks the district will be raising money for the cause.

The district works with a variety of local businesses that support the event through financial donations or logistical support, according to a news release.

It also depends on the community’s financial support and willingness to volunteer time.

“Every one of us can say that at some point in our lives, someone, somewhere, provided a bit of help that kept us moving us forward,” Superintendent Steve Pophal said in the news release.

“In the School District of Janesville, we recognize and appreciate the support we get from the community, and it makes sense to return that kindness and provide needed food and resources to families over the holidays.”

The district also works with local social service agencies such as ECHO and Salvation Army to make sure families aren’t getting duplicate services, said Denise Jensen, co-chairwoman for Bags of Hope.

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