PEABODY —  Since September, some elementary students who experience weekend food insecurity at home are now being given a backpack filled with healthy and nutritious food for the weekend, thanks to the No Child Goes Hungry in Peabody program.

But this may not be enough when the cold weather hits.

These students also have a need for warm and appropriate winter clothing, said School Committee member Jarrod Hochman, who helped get the program started along with Michele and Dennis Feld of Evans Flowers.

To help out, Macy's Northshore has selected No Child Goes Hungry in Peabody as the beneficiary of the department store's 2018 winter coat and clothing drive that will take place on Saturday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 9.

No Child Goes Hungry in Peabody is an all-volunteer nonprofit charity that provides some Peabody Public School students with a backpack full of food over the weekend during the school year. Hochman said the program has learned that students are also in need of warm clothing. Macy's has been a partner with the program, and continues to support it with the winter clothing drive.

The clothing drive allows customers who use a friends and family coupon, which will be available in the store, to receive 30-percent off of all new winter coats, gloves, hats, socks, mittens and scarves purchased at Macy's at the Northshore Mall this coming weekend. The clothing will then be donated to the No Child Goes Hungry in Peabody program.

All donations will be delivered directly to children attending Peabody Public Schools the week of Dec. 10.

No Child Goes Hungry was piloted at the Welch and Center elementary schools during the last school year with 120 students, and it was then extended to the city's other elementary schools.

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