Hibbing Teachers Pack 'Buddy Backpack' Meal Kits

Ryan Juntti
Updated: March 13, 2019 10:54 PM

Hunger is a problem worldwide, and here in the Northland. On Wednesday night, a group of Hibbing school teachers have been doing their part to help combat the issue with the "Buddy Backpack" competition.

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"We were running a lot, and trying to race against the other teams, and kind of exhausting," said Washington Elementary School Nurse Jen Fossell.

Fossell was one of around 60 teachers from the four Hibbing schools to compete in the "Buddy Backpack" competition. The ultimate goal - helping out children suffering from hunger.

"I see these kids come to school on Monday, and they come to the nurse's office and they're hungry and their tummies hurt," said Fossell. 

Teachers from Greenhaven Elementary, Washington Elementary, Lincoln Junior High, and Hibbing High School packed "Buddy Backpack" meal kits for 1000 children across the Iron Range and Koochiching County.

The first school to pack 440 meal kits was declared the winner.

"We're just really thrilled to have these individuals here tonight to to help us out, pack these meal kits, have a lot of fun while helping the children that they see every day that really need these meal kits," said Buddy Backpack Coordinator Elizabeth Kelly.

Greenhaven Elementary School technically won the competition, but the real winners were the kids across the range and Koochiching County who are being served by the "Buddy Backpacks" program.     

"It's such a great program, and we have a huge need in our district, in our whole area for kids," said Fossell.

The "Buddy Backpacks" program provides meals to children who are at risk of going hungry over the weekend.

In total 1,760 meal kits were packed.

The meal kits consist of two dinners, two breakfasts, and snacks.


Ryan Juntti

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