Grateful Recipient – Common Cup Weekend Backpack Food Program

Common Cup Weekend Backpack Food Program, 2019 Grant RecipientWe are proud to announce that the Common Cup Weekend Backpack Food Program is a 2019 Foundation grant recipient. The State of Minnesota identified a food disparity in McLeod County due to the number of families who qualify for free lunch and those who receive supplemental nutrition based off wage/cost of living. In order to address this need, Common Cup Ministry, the fiduciary agency of the Weekend Backpack Food Program, began to provide weekend food to students who qualified (with parent permission).

Bev Bonte, Director of Common Cup Ministry expressed gratitude for the grant:

“This grant has allowed us to continue the Weekend Backpack Food Program. The number of families who qualify for free lunch in our county continues to rise. Students who are a part of the Weekend Backpack Food Program receive a small two-day supply discreetly in their backpack. By providing food to these children, they are better able to concentrate in school and participate in activities. Students feel less marginalized when basic needs are met, and this backpack food program helps destigmatize the children whose families are struggling financially. We have received many positive and thankful responses from parents and teachers of students in the program. Thank you, Hutchinson Health Foundation for supporting the Weekend Backpack Food Program!”

If you are interested in learning how to apply for a Foundation grant, email or call Rachael Gemuenden at rgemuenden@hutchhealth.com or 320.484.4438

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