DWU hopes to help gather donations for Weekend Snack Pack Program during homecoming parade
Friday, September 20, 2013
Dakota Wesleyan University is teaming up with Weekend Snack Pack Program to help local children in the area.
DWU organizations Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH) and Enactus will participate in the Blue & White Days parade at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, on Mitchell’s Main Street, and are asking parade-goers to bring donations for the Weekend Snack Pack Program.
Students will walk in the parade, pushing grocery carts, and anyone who wishes to donate toward the Snack Pack program can toss their donations into the carts as the students pass.
The Weekend Snack Pack Program was founded and is still run by DWU alumna Cindy Novachich ’90. Novachich has been running the program out of her home since 2010 and this summer, DWU’s Enactus club worked with Novachich and the university to move the Snack Pack program to campus within Hughes Hall. Enactus is also working with Novachich on a website, marketing and organizing volunteers. The program provides one bag per qualifying child which has easy-to-prepare food for the weekend, such as ravioli or macaroni and cheese, with a snack and either fruit or vegetable.
The mission statement is “To put into the hands of children, easy to prepare snacks for the weekend when parents are working or there is no food in their homes.”
Novachich organizes donations and packing for more than 300 students a weekend in the Mitchell elementary schools.
“The Snack Pack program has done such an amazing job providing the children food for the weekend and I am excited that DWU has been called to help it grow,” said Breanna Clark, DWU senior and president of UFWH. “We hope that while the Mitchell community is enjoying the parade that they will also be able to contribute to the fight against hunger in the community by placing food in the baskets.”
Some of the items used for the Weekend Snack Pack Program include: macaroni and cheese, ravioli, SpaghettiOs, pudding cups, popcorn, fruit cups, apple sauce cups, snack foods, and other items that a child could prepare on his or her own.