BackPack Program seeks donations

Print Article

SUPERIOR SCHOOL’S BackPack program sends nutritious meals home to students over the weekend, including fruits, vegetables, cereal and milk. The BackPack program is currently accepting donations during Fight Childhood Hunger Week. (File photo)

According to the Montana Food Bank Network, nearly 1 in 6 children in Montana live in a food-insecure household. That means 42,480 children in Montana may not know where their next meal is going to come from.

The BackPack Program, started by the Montana Food Bank Network in 2006, works with 124 schools across Montana, reaching over 4,000 students. The program discreetly places food in the backpacks of previously identified students every week. The food sent home is easy-to-prepare, shelf-stable foods to last the weekend and holidays when school meals are not available.

The Backpack Program at Superior School District currently serves 75. In addition, the program also distributes extra food/hygiene items purchased using grant funding and donations. This food helps stretch rations at home during out of school times, vacations and breaks.

BackPack Jersey Day is a fundraiser developed to raise the funds needed to continue this essential program throughout the year. Just a $5 donation is enough to send food home one weekend for one student. While a $160 donation can provide for that student for every weekend and holiday for the entire school year. The fundraiser is happening statewide this year on Friday, April 19, 2019 at the end of Montana’s Fight Childhood Hunger Week.

To get involved in the fundraiser participants are asked to make a donation to the BackPack Program in their community at mfbn.org/backpackjerseyday. Then on Friday, April 19, wear their favorite team jersey or sports clothing to show their support for the community. Anyone can get involved!

“We are inviting community members to get their workplace, social groups, churches, and any other groups in the community involved to help the BackPack Program in this community meet their financial goals and keep the program sustainable through the end of the school year and beyond.” Gayle Carlson, CEO Montana Food Bank Network.

“The BackPack Program makes such a difference at Superior Schools. Kids come back from the weekend ready to learn! Attendance has increased and distractions in the classrooms have decreased. This program is a vital resource to allow all the students to learn and thrive.”

For additional information on the BackPack Program or Jersey Day you can visit mfbn.org or contact Stephanie Stratton, Chief Program’s officer at Montana Food Bank Network at 406-215-1772.

Print Article

Read More Local News

Alberton Community Center is beneficiary of a $4,940 grant

June 19, 2019 at 10:33 am | Mineral Independent The cracked, rotted and leaking windows in the Alberton Community Center will soon be replaced after the town received a $4,940 grant earlier this month for the historic building. Alberton rece...

Comments

Read More

E-cigarettes banned in public places in the county

June 19, 2019 at 10:31 am | Mineral Independent Electronic cigarette users will no longer be able to “vape” in public facilities after Mineral County commissioners passed a motion to add them to the county-wide Clean Indoor Air Act at a public ...

Comments

Read More

Meeting set June 25 to discuss detention center future

June 19, 2019 at 10:17 am | Mineral Independent After the Mineral County Detention Center closed six months ago due to a staff shortage, county commissioners will meet again with the CEO of a private prison organization to potentially form a de...

Comments

Read More

New CFVP reporter seeks adventure in Sanders County

June 13, 2019 at 9:13 am | Clark Fork Valley Press A new reporter/photographer has arrived at the Clark Fork Valley Press, and he is ready for action. For John Dowd, a Montana newspaper job is a great chance to cover the kinds of stories he loves — ...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(406) 826-3402
105 W. Lynch
P.O. Box 667
Plains, MT 59859

©2019 Clark Fork Valley Press | Mineral Independent Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X