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MSU Students Providing Food for Elementary Students

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When students go home on weekends...they don't always think about where their meals come from. But for those kids that may not have enough food to go around, the Minot State Leadership cohort program has identified the need to fill that void.

 Volunteers were busy yesterday stuffing backpacks filled with food.  When the Minot State Leadership cohort program was asked to come up with a service project, all different ideas came to mind. But, after much discussion, they identified the need for food for students who are at risk of missing meals on weekends.

 "Our group did their research to find out what the need was. We talked to different communities in ND and across the country that also have this type of a program and we decided that this was something Minot needed," says Backpack Buddy coordinator Lynda Bertsch.

 55 Sunnyside Elementary students will receive those bags each Friday from September to May. Sunnyside's selection was based on the percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced meals.

 It's not just the leadership program getting involved....students and community members are also taking part.

 "Doing things like this...people's a great way to give back to the community," says MSU student athlete Jon Stephansson.

 Throughout the next year, over 11,000 meals will be provided to students.


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