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Food Bank kicks off 10th annual BackPack Program

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Posted By: Camila Orti

More than 3,500 kids won't be going hungry this weekend or any weekend during the school year.

The Food Bank of Lincoln kicked off its tenth year of the BackPack Program.

Every Friday, many kids who qualify for free or reduced lunch at 90 schools across Nebraska will take home a backpack full of food to their families.

Alex Shada with the Food Bank of Lincoln says the goal is to help kids succeed at school.

"The only way to do that is provide them with a good education, and so if we can get them the fuel to learn and the energy to excel in school then that's what our goal is, and that's when we know we're doing our job right," Shada said.

Each backpack is funded entirely from private donations, and contains about five meals.

Shada says this year kids are taking home four fresh pieces of fruit in each backpack, twice the amount from last year.

If you'd like more information on the BackPack Program and how you can help, click here.

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