SVUW, The Welcome Table and MSU representatives collaborate to create the "Backpack Buddies" program.
'Backpack Buddies' launched
April 23, the Souris Valley United Way gave The Welcome Table, a multi-denominational nonprofit organization, $10,000 to start the "Backpack Buddies" program. "Backpack Buddies," the brainchild of MSU Leadership Group, will ensure needy children receive nutritious, non-perishable food items each weekend during the 2013-14 school year. At Sunnyside Elementary School, the programís pilot school, 49 percent of the students qualify for free lunches, and 10 percent are eligible for reduced lunches.