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Second Harvest's BackPack Program feeding children during pandemic

Ryan Juntti
Updated: October 03, 2020 08:56 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing many of us, and many organizations to make changes. That includes Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, whose BackPack Program is adjusting to still meet the needs of hungry children.

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In the past, students in the BackPack Program could count on getting small portions of foods like cereal, milk, canned fruits or vegetables, and a meal, like macaroni & cheese, or soup.

This would help get them through the weekends when they didn't have school breakfast or lunch.

Because of the pandemic affecting the food supply chain, the program will operate a little differently.

"The variety will change, the size of the meal... the good thing is that with this disruption, we're going to be providing full size meals and cans, and boxes of cereal to students in this program because that's really what's available... kids will really get better nutrition, more meals because of this," said Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank Executive Director Shaye Moris.

Second Harvest supplies the food to 16 school districts and about 43 different schools in the Northland. Some have already received food and are starting the BackPack Program while the rest will begin in October.

Even during the pandemic, Moris says all of them are committed to making sure the program still goes on.

"We've reached out to our schools, the schools that we work with, and all have been very supportive, and all want to make sure kids still get food on weekends," said Moris.

In a time when so many things are uncertain, they want to make sure kids receiving food is a certainty.

"I definitely think the BackPack Program is an important program right now, especially with everything happening with school lunch, and kids being out of school, so we want to make sure that they have meals, whether it's on weekends or during the school week," said Moris.

To learn more about the BackPack Program, click here

WDIO is partnering with local organizations to identify issues and to coordinate our community response. We can accomplish great things when we come together as a community. To learn more about Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, visit WDIO Creating Change.  Be part of the solution.

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