Last week, November 13th - 16th, Kennedy Secondary School Students in grade 7th and 8th conducted a non-perishable food drive at Service Food from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm. This event helps support our local United Way Food Backpack Program. The students handed out a grocery list of needed items to each person as they entered the store and asked them to pick one or more items on the shopping list. Upon checkout, patrons put purchased items in a grocery cart. These items were returned to Community Education to fill food backpacks for the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.
The mission of the Food Backpack Program is to help alleviate childhood hunger by providing 116 hungry children in Fergus Falls with nutritious and easy-to-prepare food at times when other resources are not available, such as weekends and school vacations. It is difficult for students to concentrate and learn if their stomachs are empty. There is already a challenge in making sure students progress in their education. Being hungry just complicates this issue.
Community Education and KSS Middle School students have a strong partnership with the United Way of Otter Tail and Wadena Counties and are starting their third year of involvement in the backpack program. If you have questions, feel free to call Mary Matteson, Community Education Director at 218-998-0544 ext. 9201 or Jon Steinbrenner, Assistant Principal, KSS, 218-998-0544 ext. 9609.
Thanks to Mary Philipe and Marsha Erickson, United Way of Otter Tail & Wadena Counties, and thank you to the people of Fergus Falls for their generosity to the program.