With more food than ever, why is hunger increasing? Virtual demand competes with real demand--prices skyrocket and food goes where it isn't needed or doesn't go anywhere at all.
Thanks to the Mankato Clinic Foundation, Feeding Our Communities Partners (FOCP) is $10,000 closer to meeting its budget to feed 530 children through the 2012-2013 school year. FOCP facilitates the BackPack Food Program at four local elementary schools to ensure low-income, food insecure children have a source of nutrition for weekends and school breaks.
“The BackPack Food Program is a project our board of directors continues to give high priority as it supports the very basic health need, providing food for children in our community who would otherwise be hungry on the weekends,” commented Marcia Bahr, president of the Mankato Clinic Foundation. “This program has changed the lives of many families in Mankato; we are proud to be associated with it.”
The Mankato Clinic Foundation provides resources to organizations and endeavors that effectively promote and improve community health and wellness. Since the primary focus of the Foundation is to support the health and well-being of the community, projects and programs supported include education and scholarships initiatives focused on health care, health education and wellness.
“The Mankato Clinic Foundation has been a generous supporter since the start of the program and we are excited to recognize them as a Platinum Partner again this year,” announced Melinda Wedzina, executive director of FOCP. “Our goal is to reach every local elementary student in need. With the Foundation’s contribution, we will be better positioned to consider expansion this fall.”