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Food Bank of Siouxland announces changes to BackPack Program

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

For years, the Food Bank of Siouxland has provided BackPacks of food for hundreds of kids in the Sioux City and South Sioux City School District.

But now that program is going through some changes.

The most noticeable change is the food. Before, the weekly packs contained more snack-type food like peanut butter crackers and meat sticks, but this year the bags will be packed with more "meal-based" items including microwaveable pasta and soup, cereal, milk, juice, and a fruit cup.

School leaders said proper nutrition, provided in the packs, is important to academic success.

"It's a proven fact that students can't achieve if they're worried about being hungry and where they're going to sleep each night. The basic needs need to be met for all kids and so the backpack program is fantastic because students over their long weekend have the nutrition they need to get through the weekend and be productive learners," Director of Elementary Education, Brian Burnight said.

Along with providing different kinds of food for the kids, the Food Bank also announced they will be serving two more schools in the Sioux City District this year, including Emerson and Roosevelt.

Superintendent Dr. Paul Gausman said this is great for the students who receive the lunches, but he wishes all kids in need could get them.

"Certainly we can use the support to fill another seven schools worth of need, but we're so thankful that we've added two additional schools just today through this announcement and it's a big opportunity for our students, our families, and certainly for our school district as well," Gausman said.

To help facilitate the new changes to the BackPack program, the Waitt Family Foundation is donating $20,000 to the Food Bank.

 

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