“Pack the Bus” Raises More than $2000

The Regional Inter-Faith Association gathered more than 5500 pounds of food last Saturday for its second annual “Pack the Bus” food drive for the Snack Backpack program. Community members donated More than $2200 to the program as well. The Snack Backpack program helps feed school children over the weekends who have shown signs of living in a food insecure home. “This event is pivotal for our Snack Backpack ministry,” according to Lisa Tillman, RIFA Executive Director. “Each year the program continues to grow, which in turn, requires more food and funds. This will be a great event were individuals, church groups and businesses can support an effort that truly makes an impact in our community.” Many children who rely on free or reduced-priced lunches during the school year go home to little or no food on the weekends. The RIFA Snack Backpack ministry works to fill this gap by providing kid-friendly, easy-to-prepare, nutritious food items for children who are at risk of going hungry on Saturdays and Sundays. Last school year, more than 560 backpacks of food were distributed each week to children at 13 local elementary schools.

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