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Food Bank's Backpack Program has been getting help


The Food Bank of Siouxland's Backpack Program has been getting a little holiday help.

In the past few weeks, several organizations have held holiday fundraiser's with the proceeds going to the "Backpack: Food for Kids" program.

Each week, volunteers stuff bags with food that are then given to students in need at five schools in the Sioux City and South Sioux City School districts.

Director Linda Scheid says the money is wonderful, especially as the Food Bank tries to buy items to fill the sacks for the new semester that starts in January.

"The budget for one school year is $100,000. So the donations that you've been hearing about, and people have really stepped up and we've had some great gifts happen, but we are still short of that $100,000 that we need to feed those children through the end of May," said Linda Scheid, Food Bank Executive Director.

Right now, the Backpack for Kids program sends home over 1,800 sacks of food with local children each week.

That program got an extra boost, this afternoon.

Students from Western Iowa Tech presented the Food Bank with a check for $1,000 dollars.

The money followed a fundraising campaign by Beta Zeta Mu, the WIT chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for two-year college students.

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