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Media Advisory: Cass Clay Backpack Program expands

Media Advisory

WHO:

The Great Plains Food Bank, a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, is partnering with three additional schools this fall (for a total of 14) to offer food assistance to 750 children currently living with, or at immediate risk of hunger in the Cass-Clay community.

WHAT:

At the morning event, the Great Plains Food Bank, which operates the Cass Clay BackPack Program, will be coordinating volunteers who will be assembling food bags for delivery to one of 14 schools participating in the program. At the afternoon event, personnel from the participating school will be receiving the food and then distributing it to participating children.

WHEN/WHERE:

Thursday, September 15, 2011

9:30AM - 10:30AM: Great Plains Food Bank, 1720 3rd Ave. N, Fargo

Volunteers will be packing food to be included in children’s back packs for upcoming weekend distribution. The Great Plains Food Bank truck, filled with food packs, will be leaving our warehouse for communitywide distribution.

2:00PM – 2:30PM: Robert Asp Elementary, 910 14th Ave. N, Moorhead

School personnel will receive the food from the Great Plains Food Bank and distribute it to children participating in the program.

WHY:

During the 2010-11 school year, 7,063 children in West Fargo, Fargo and Moorhead qualified for and greatly relied on the free and/or reduced school lunch program to meet their daily nutritional needs. But on the weekends or during school holidays, many of these children struggle with hunger. The Cass Clay BackPack Program is designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available and is tested and proven effective in alleviating childhood hunger.

VISUALS:

Volunteers at the Great Plains Food Bank packing food supplies to be included in backpacks; Great Plains Food Bank truck filled with food supplies; school personnel unloading food supplies from the truck; bags of food being distributed to children in need.

INTERVIEWS:

Nadine Moon, Title I Parent Coordinator/Cass Clay BackPack Champion

Parent and/or child participating in the program who receives support

Melissa Sobolik, Great Plains Food Bank

PRESS CONTACT:

Marcia Paulson, Great Plains Food Bank, mpaulson@lssnd.org, (Office) 701.232.6219; (Cell) 701.793.1481 # # #

Our Impact This Year

  • Kids Healing Through Trauma Therapy

    500

  • Families in Affordable Homes

    893

  • Kids Made Amends With Youth Court

    200

  • Child Care Providers Improved Through Online Classes

    5,000

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