Basic Blessings Backpack Program
The staff of Reliance Bank and MRG Tool and Die set out to bridge a gap for children who strongly rely on the school meal program to provide their primary meal. In most circumstances when school is not in session, weekends, holidays and summer, food is scarce for these children. In March, 2010, we began by filling 30 bags per week for Jefferson Elementary. It was quickly brought to our attention there was an equal need at other schools as well. Currently, we are delivering meals to children at Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln Elementary, Canon River Educational Center and the Faribault Middle School. We are now providing 168 meals per week and growing!
Each bag is filled with 2 breakfasts, 2 main entrees, 2 fruit servings and 2 snacks. These bags are discreetly placed in a child’s backpack on the day prior to a school weekend or break.