As you sit down to eat dinner with your kids tonight, some tri-state children are not getting the proper nutrition they need, especially on weekends when school isn't in session.
That's why Ayerco in Hannibal raised $3,500 for the BackPack program that feeds local students each weekend.
"The backpacks come with at least one soup, some fruit, a granola bar, cheese and crackers. All things that are student friendly," Hannibal Middle School Assistant Principal Whitney Holliday.
Hannibal Middle School Assistant Principal Whitney Holliday said each weekend 65 of her students take home these backpacks, which she said helps out families that are having financial difficulties.
"It's needed because on the weekends this food goes home with students. They are able to use it. Their families are able to utilize it," said Holliday.
Local food shelters used to supply food to the problem, but financial difficulties forced them to stop.
Now, the program is financed and supported by organizations like the Hannibal Alliance For Youth Success and Families and Community Together or FACTS.
FACTS CEO Stephanie Thomeczek said the program helps families that range from unemployed to under-employed.
"They make a little money but maybe they lost their job and because their mortgage is there and it was high enough when they had a full income but now having lost their position times are tough," said Thomeczak.
Eugene Fields Elementary Principal Vicki Dudding said Friday's $3,500 donation from Ayerco will provide almost 1,300 buddy packs.
"A lot of kids and families are on tight budgets right now we all know that, everyone is kind of feeling that pinch, so it just gives them a little kind boost for working parents and helps them out just a little bit," said Dudding.
If you need a Buddy Pack for your family, you should contact your school's office.
If you want to donate to the Buddy Pack program contact FACTS in Hannibal for more information.
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