TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - How many times have you seen a dime, nickel or even penny on the ground?
How many times have you reached down to pick it up?
How many times have you put that money toward hungry children in our area?
If you answered never to the last question, Food Finders Food Director Katy Bunder said now is the time to donate to the Backpack Food Program.
"We're trying to raise monetary donations rather than food donations, because in the Backpack Program, we use new food that we purchase in bulk," said Bunder. "It's a very costly program, and we have to raise money each year to keep it going."
Bunder said the Backpack Food Program provides one backpack of food per week to children, for 36 weeks a year.
Bunder said this year, 3,800 children participated in the program. Yet, Bunder said the number of participants seems to increase each year.
"Unfortunately, the need isn't getting better," said Bunder. "I think as more people become aware of the program, they identify themselves to the school officials as possibly needing the program."
In order to keep the Backpack Food Program running, Bunder said it takes thousands of dollars.
"In a year, we'll need at least $800,000 for the backpack program," said Bunder. "So, it's a very big part of our operating budget, and we spend a lot of time trying to raise enough funds to serve all of the children who really need the program."
Yet, Bunder said the $800,000 a year budget is worth helping families get back on their feet.
If you would like to make a monetary donation, you can visit any Lafayette Savings Bank, Industrial Federal Credit Union, Old National Bank, or First Source Bank.
You can also make a donation on our website, by clicking here.
The fundraising event ends Sunday.
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