School's in session and Feeding South Dakota is preparing to help give children the opportunity to learn and grow with the Backpack Program.
It's an initiative designed to help feed at-risk children with nutritious meals when school is not in session, such as over the weekends and during holidays.
With the help of volunteers from the community and school staff, the Rapid City Backpack Program provides more than 1,800 weekend packages of food.
Larry Larsen, Backpack Coordinator for Feeding South Dakota, says, "On weekends, a lot of these children go home and there's nothing to eat, so we fill that void, so what we do is we pack backpacks for them with about 11 or 12 food items and we try to make it nutrition with all the 5 groups of food. Milk, dairy, vegetable, such as that and then the staff at the schools get them out to the kids on Friday so they have food.
Feeding South Dakota will begin the Backpack Program after Labor Day.
To learn more about volunteering, you can call 605-348-2689 or visit their website at www.feedingsouthdakota.org.