GREAT FALLS — The Great Falls Community Food Bank is working to beef up its Backpacks4Kids program.
It began in 2010 with the four most impoverished schools in the community, and since then it has grown to include all 15 Great Falls elementary schools and and Vaughn.
They market, buy, compile, and deliver the packs, and each pack costs anywhere from $2.40 to $3 depending on the sales they can find.
They are currently delivering about 750 packs a week, and estimate the full cost to administer the program to be about $95,000 annually.
Sletten Inspection Service is one of the sponsors of the program.
“Being involved with the community and helping out and giving back to the community as much as they can, and so donating or helping is one way to give back to the community," said Colton Weekes, Sletten SCC Technician.
The Great Falls Community Food Bank website provides this overview:
Each week, children are identified by school staff and faculty as being in need of Backpack assistance. These children receive a pack containing two days of healthy, easy-to-prepare food to help them through the weekend and school breaks when school meal programs are not available.
The agency is located at 1620 12th Avenue North; for more information, call 406-452-9029.