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By: Caitlin Billman | email@example.com
Radford University will be hosting its fourth annual Radford Gives Back canned food drive Tuesday, Oct. 8 to Wednesday, Oct. 9.
Bobcat Backpacks is a local nonprofit that provides Radford City Public School (RCPS) children with food for the weekends.
Over 15,000 food items were collected last year, which happened to be almost one-third of Bobcat Backpack’s needs. The goal for this year is quite high as well. According to the nonprofit, about fifty percent of RCPS students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.
Bobcat Backpacks encourages the campus to collect food items in their clubs and organizations. This will help with the sorting process.
The items need to be dropped off between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center in the Multipurpose Activity Court (MAC).
RU invites the community to the MAC to pack three-hundred food bags for RCPS students. Packing will take place Oct. 9 at 5 p.m.
Their mission is “To meet the needs of hungry children in our Radford community over the weekends during the academic school year and throughout the summer.”The items in need for Radford Gives Back are nonperishable items such as boxed mac and cheese, peanut butter, chunky soup, vegetables, fruits, beans, ravioli, granola bars, microwave popcorn, and oatmeal packets. These food items will need to last the students all weekend.
Bobcat Backpacks was founded in January 2016 by three Radford University alumnae: Daniela Brunner, Jane Fisher, and Jenny Riffe. As their children went through RCPS, they saw how hunger affects students and their ability to focus in the classroom.
Their mission is “To meet the needs of hungry children in our Radford community over the weekends during the academic school year and throughout the summer.” The organization packs food bags every Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Radford.
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