SAN DIEGO—The PGA scored points Friday not only on the fairway but also in the school yard.
Several professional golf spouses brought a special gift to military kids in Murphy Canyon at Doris Miller Elementary. Farmers Insurance along with Blessings in a Backpack, a charity, are giving 500 students food on Fridays for the next three years to take home and eat over the weekend.
"It's basically just providing these children who are being fed during the week they, qualify for the food program during the week at school, they're not necessarily getting enough food over the weekend," said Justin Rose's wife Kate. "So it's filling back packs every Friday with enough food to sustain them over the weekend so they come back to school on a Monday and they're ready to learn."
The kids were thrilled Friday to receive blue bags that included snacks like raisons, wheat crackers, and apple sauce.
"They're very excited and they could hardly wait to open them up and see what's inside them," said Dorris Miller Elementary School Principal Stacy Jones.
Kate Rose said the other schools across the country that have implemented the program have seen an increase in student attendance and performance.
"A lot of kids have stomach aches, headaches, can't concentrate, can't sit still and it's because they haven't necessarily come to school with good sustenance over the weekend," said Rose.
She added that it's thrilled to be serving the community so close to the Farmers Insurance Open.
"I'm sure when we come back next year and we'll meet the kids who've been having all of this over the year it's going to be awesome because I know," said Rose. "I've done it in other schools, they're so grateful. They're so grateful for a little bit of food."