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Cardinal Backpack Food Program

United Way of West Central Minnesota is excited to tell you about a new program for children in Willmar Schools. The Cardinal Backpack Food Program will service all of the Willmar Public Schools K-5 Elementary schools for the 2021-2022 school year. This program is to help students who may be in need of weekend food supplies. Each student in this FREE program will receive a plastic bag packed with child-friendly, single-serving snacks, and easily prepared items each Friday. At this time any child can be in the program, but there is an initial cap of 100 children for each elementary building, Lakeland, Roosevelt, and Kennedy. Parents, you will need to register your child online below. We do ask that if you are able to provide enough food for your child without assistance, please refrain from signing up. You can sign up anytime during the school year. For more information about the Cardinal Backpack Food Program please contact  Kevin Dietrich or Julie Anfinson at United Way of West Central Minnesota.
We saw kids who didn’t have enough food on weekends, they were hungry, and not able to concentrate and perform at school, and we had to find a way to fix it. -United Way of West Central Minnesota Board of Directors