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Kids and Co. donates to United Way

Kids and Company students and staff at Northern Elementary School recently presented a check for $689.59 to the United Way of the Bemidji Area’s Backpack Buddies program.

BEMIDJI – Kids and Company recently donated $689 to the United Way’s Backpack Buddies food pack program.

Kids and Company, an after-school program for elementary students who need a safe, supervised, place after school, has been recycling juice boxes through Terracycle for the past few years and received the money from recycling.

The donation will provide approximately 175 food packs to elementary-aged students in Bemidji.

Backpack Buddies is registered Feeding America program that provides food packs for children experiencing severe hunger.

The program helps provide food for those children on weekends and school breaks since schools do not.

The program is currently offered at Central, JW Smith, Solway, and Lincoln Elementary School, the four elementary schools with the highest numbers of free and reduced lunch students.

The program is currently serving more than 200 students each week.