As Shirley Puett, longtime executive director of the local Backpack Snack Attack program, hands over the leadership position of this local organization to Backpack volunteer Jenna Price, she plans to remain very actively involved in the program.
Backpack Snack Attack is an outreach program of the Warwick Reformed Church that provides food on school year weekends to nearly 300 children in the Town of Warwick school districts of Florida, Greenwood Lake and Warwick.
Puett co-founded Backpack Snack Attack in January 2009. In the nearly 12 years since the program’s launch, Puett has attracted a group of volunteers and built tremendous community support for the organization.
“We are very blessed,” Puett said. “And thanks to the support of our community, we’ve never had to turn away any family or child needing the support of our program.”
Backpack leaders and volunteers are very appreciative of Puet’s devotion to this important program and to the needy children in our community.
As incoming executive director, Price has spent many years as a key volunteer for Backpack Snack Attack, with strong organizational skills developed as a former executive assistant at Goldman Sachs and on the board of the Chopper 2002 Foundation.
During the current COVID-19 pandemic, Price organized more than 100 volunteers to deliver meals to kids in the program. Meals are provided by the Warwick Valley School District and the Backpack volunteer organization.
“Shirley and Jenna are amazing human beings and it’s a pleasure and an honor to work with them,” Backpack volunteer Mary Schweitzer said. “As they begin their new roles, we look forward to continuing to serve our community with them.”