The main resistors of the Eagle Backpack Program will be the community members and organizations that will have to provide the funds and donations for the program. The local churches will oppose this solution to the hungry children in the county’s educational system because they already provide funds, donations, and many volunteers to help out other hunger-related organizations in the Farmville community such as FACES and Meals on Wheels.
The United Way of Prince Edward County is a non-profit organization who, “is concerned about the problems faced by those in the community and is committed to help find solutions” (**United Way of Prince Edward County**). The United Way will be supportive of the solution, but they will also resist it because they are a big organization working with a lot of communities, and they will want their money to be used for solutions that they know will make an impact. They may also be resistant to the program because they may have to work with the program on finding or providing a space that can serve as the program headquarters and help with finding a distribution place within the schools.
The Prince Edward County School Board, the school system, and the food service department could all be considered resistors of the Eagle Backpack Program. They may be resistant to the program at first if they initially believe that they will have to fund the program but then this will go away once they become aware that this is not the case. They will be resistant to this solution because they will be worried about the confidentiality of the students who are participating in the program, not wanting them to be singled out among their peers. They may also be resistant to the program because they will have to work with the program coordinators to provide an area where the backpacks can be distributed.
The last main resistor of the Eagle Backpack Program solution would be the members of the Farmville community who will have to help support, fund, and donate in order to keep the program running. These community members, including parents of Prince Edward County students, may resist the program because they are already providing a lot of money, donations, and support to the school and other organizations in the county. They may also resist the solution due to the amount of volunteers and volunteer hours it will require to collect the food, unpack and sort the food at the headquarters, packing the many backpacks for distribution, and finally distributing the backpacks on the day the students receive them. These volunteer hours will require many community members take time away from work, their weekends, and even their own families to help out the Eagle Backpack Program.
Without the Eagle Backpack Program, the children in the Prince Edward County Schools will continue to go hungry on the weekends and during short-term breaks from school. The children will continue to be denied their full educational experience because they are being directly affected by hunger, causing them to loose attention and not focus on learning. As a child continues down this path, it will become harder and harder to pull them out of the downward spiral because they have missed so much information and quality education from not being able to focus. Virginia is very big on standardized testing, the Standards of Learning (or SOLs), and holding schools, counties, and districts accountable for the test scores. With the effects that hunger has on students, Prince Edward County will see a decline in these test scores, resulting in repercussions from the state.
“United Way of Prince Edward County.” United Way, n.d. Web. 5 Nov 2013. <http://uwprinceedward.org/About_Us.php>.