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Support the Wilber Clatonia Back Pack Program

The Wilber Clatonia Back Pack program provides backpacks filled with food to students in need of food over the weekend.  The program primarily targets students who qualify for the school's Free and Reduced lunch program.  Many of these students rely on their school's breakfasts and lunches for their most nutritious meals of the day.  In some cases, their only meals of the day.  These students are then faced with a food crisis over the weekend.  The Back Pack program is a way to help these students and their families until the students return to school on Monday.

The supplies for our Back pack program come from the Food Bank of Lincoln.  The Food Bank of Lincoln currently sends 3,500 backpacks home to students on Friday afternoons to 36 Lincoln Public Schools, 5 Lincoln Catholic Schools and 39 rural communities in Southeast Nebraska, one of which is Wilber-Clatonia.  The program rotates six different menus throughout the school year.  The goal of the back pack program is to supply a student and his or her family with four to five meals per menu.  This past year there were between 21 and 25 back packs that went out each week for our school.

It takes a lof of strong financial support and volunteers to make the Wilber Clatonia Back Pack Program happen.  The food used for the program consists of purchased food to ensure a consistent supply of food for each back pack.  Various menus include peanut butter and jelly, concentrated fruit juice, boxes of cereal, rice ad pasta, macaroni and cheese, canned fruits and vegetables along with bread, milk and egg vouchers to be used at Food Mesto.  

The cost to supply one child with a backpack for one school year is $250.  If you would like to donate to the Wilber Clatonia Back Pack program, please send your donations to the school or drop them off at First State Bank of Nebraska in Wilber.  First State Bank in Wilber coordinates, stores and delivers the food items to the Wilber Clatonia Public Schools.

Please join the Wilber Clatonia Back Pack Program in our work to feed hungry children and their families in our school.