Blessings in a Backpack wants to ensure no child goes hungrySubmitted: 02/15/2017
Rose McBride
Rose McBride

Blessings in a Backpack wants to ensure no child goes hungry
WESTON - Hungry children don't focus as well in school. One local organization is working so that no child has to go to school hungry. Volunteers from Blessings in a Backpack meet once a week at the Ideas Charter School in Weston to pack bags of food for children from 13 schools in the DC Everest-Wausau area. 

Dick Keding spends one day a week packing food into bags for children. 

"Anything to keep the kids from getting hungry and give them their square meals in a weekend," said Keding. 

He volunteers for the DC Everest-Wausau chapter of Blessings in a Backpack. The organization gives children in need meals for the weekend. 

"There are an awful lot of needy kids in Wausau--and it's hard to believe, but there are--and once I found that out I was flabbergasted that there were that many and was more than happy to help out any way I could," said Keding.

During the week, children in need get meals at school.

"Throughout the day, they get a breakfast and a lunch and a snack sometimes, but over the weekend they wouldn't get any of that, so some kids were going hungry," said Sue Lukasik, the program coordinator for the DC Everest-Wausau chapter of Blessings in a Backpack. 

The kids get a variety of items in their pack.
"They try to pack a good meal like ramen noodles, and have a snack and maybe once in a while we give them candy. There are also plaque toothbrushes once in a while," said Keding. 

Once the packs are done, the schools come to pick them up and bring them to the children. 

While it's a national organization, all money and food raised here goes back to the DC Everest-Wausau chapter. 

"So the money that we raise here benefits the children that are here," said Lukasik.

It never gets old for Keding, even after two and a half years of volunteering. 

"Well, just knowing that you're helping out kids in need in the community and that's fulfilling on its own."

For more information or to learn how you can volunteer, follow the link below.

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