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Great Plains Food Bank BackPack Program doubles offerings for holidays
Program prepares for holiday break for Cass and Clay County students
Fargo, N.D. - (December 12, 2014) – There are students in our area who rely on backpacks filled with food to get them through the weekend. Holiday break requires much more food for each student. The Great Plains Food Bank, a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, partners with organizations around North Dakota and in Clay County, Minn., to offer the BackPack Program in an effort to tackle childhood hunger. The program gathers funds and kid friendly foods to fill backpacks with snacks and meals. The backpacks are delivered to elementary schools and sent home with children in need each week with enough food to sustain them through the weekend. Holiday breaks mean more planning, more meals, and sending home double backpacks with students to cover the holiday break.
“As we work to end childhood hunger, we are so grateful for the generosity and passion of those within the community and especially within the schools,” said Cathy Herbold, Great Plains Food Bank programs manager. “Together we are able to provide for children in need so that they are able to reach their potential.”
Currently it costs $5.00 to fill a backpack with milk, juice, snacks, and food for three meals. Sponsorship of a child for an entire year costs $190. The top five food items the BackPack Program looks for are: individual 4 to 6-ounce juice boxes, granola bars (individually labeled), individual cereal boxes (individually labeled), mandarin oranges, and Easy Mac (individual portions).
Here is a list of schools in the Cass-Clay community that participate in the program:
Fargo Public Schools:
Carl Ben Eielson Middle School
Horace Mann Elementary
Lewis and Clark Elementary
Moorhead Public Schools:
Ellen Hopkins Elementary
Robert Asp Elementary
Red River Area Learning Center
West Fargo Public Schools:
Cheney Middle School
LE Berger Elementary
Lodoen Kindergarten Center
West Fargo High
To help the BackPack Program with food, funds, or volunteer time, visit www.greatplainsfoodbank.org
About the Great Plains Food Bank
The Great Plains Food Bank serves as North Dakota’s only food bank. Its partner network includes 321 programs (food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, and other charitable feeding programs) operating in 113 communities across N.D. and Clay County, Minn. Since 1983 the Great Plains Food Bank and its partners have distributed food for more than 107 million meals to children, seniors, and families in need. The Great Plains Food Bank is a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, a statewide social services agency serving thousands of North Dakotans in need with affordable housing, food, disaster recovery, counseling and therapy and other programs that strengthen individuals, families and communities without regard to clients’ race, religion, gender or economic status; and a member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network.