Area Food Drive this Weekend Supports Children in Need

Two local groups are hosting an event: stuffing backpacks with food for hungry children in need.

Community Hope’s Lake City Backpacks for Kids and the McBain Area Backpack Program are hosting a food drive Saturday.

Between the two, they stuff and hand out 200 backpacks a week with food and give them to children in need on Friday so they have something to eat for the weekend.

Organizers say a full, happy belly is important for kids to grow and thrive.

“To have a child be able to function at the top of their game in school on Monday morning is really a very important thing and it makes this backpack effort getting food to families every weekend a critical step to actually breaking that chain of poverty,” Community Hope director Jennifer Pugh said.

There are three locations where you can find needed food and donate:

  • Ebels General Store in Falmouth
  • Dollar General in Lake City
  • Walmart in Cadillac

For all the food items that are needed, click here.