Backpack Program Scales Back
On October 6, 2011 on Inside KELOland, hunger needs in the Sioux Empire were discussed. The purpose of the Sioux Falls Backpack program is the same as that of our local Brookings Backpack Project. For the first time ever, the Sioux Falls Backpack program had to scale back the number of backpacks distributed due to a decrease in funding and donations.
The number of Brookings students participating in BBP continues to rise. As of October 2011, the total is 392. By comparison, BBP began serving 80 children in September of 2009. By the end of the first school year, in May of 2010, we were serving 253. During the 2010-2011 school year, BBP served 328 children.
Brookings Backpack Project does not ever want to have to turn down a child from receiving a food bag. Please remember BBP, especially as we head into the winter months with increased heat and fuel costs for families.
You can view the archived video file at: http://www.keloland.com/videoarchive/index.cfm?VideoFile=111006backpack.