Recently, a representative from the United Way of Northeastern Minnesota visited my place of employment, American Bank in Nashwauk, as part of their 2012 campaign. During her presentation, she shared information with us regarding their Buddy Backpack program, which provides a backpack filled with nonperishable, kid-friendly, nutritious food to kids who would otherwise go hungry over the weekends. Until this visit, I was unaware of the high numbers of children experiencing hunger right here on the Iron Range.
In addition to food, these kids are lacking other everyday necessities as well, such as socks, underwear and toiletry items. The thought of a child in our area going to school without proper socks and underwear or being able to keep themselves clean is devastating.
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