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General Mills Foundation to present $20,000 grant to Joplin Schools for Snackpack Program

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NEWS RELEASE ISSUED JANUARY 14, 2014 BY JOPLIN SCHOOLS

General Mills Foundation to present $20,000 grant to Joplin Schools for Snackpack Program

Joplin, Mo. - On Wednesday, Jan. 15, representatives with General Mills will present a grant for $20,000 to Joplin Schools for the Snackpack program. The presentation will take place at 10:15 a.m. at the Joplin Schools Administration Building, 3901 E. 32nd St., Joplin.

The funds will be used to help provide nutritious snacks to be included in backpacks that are sent home each weekend with students who are experiencing food insecurity. The Snackpack program serves more than 300 elementary children at Joplin Schools.

"We are incredibly grateful for this generous grant from General Mills Foundation and what it means to our students," said Dr. C.J. Huff, Joplin Schools superintendent. "Making sure that our kids living in food-insecure homes have access to nutritious food over the weekend means that they can come to school on Mondays ready to learn and succeed. Our goal is to watch these students cross the stage on graduation day with the skills and education they need for a better life. This grant will help us to continue this worthwhile program and serve our most at-risk kids."

The Snackpack program was started in January 2011 in an effort to eradicate childhood hunger in Joplin. After the May 2011 tornado, demand for the program at Joplin Schools nearly doubled. Each Friday, a team of volunteers helps to stuff backpacks with nutritious, child-friendly food. The backpacks are sent home with students and returned on Monday to be prepared for the next week.

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