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Clara B. Mounce Library partners with Brazos Valley Food Bank backpack and senior bag programs

Updated: Jun. 21, 2021 at 4:01 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) -Canned good donations to the Brazos Valley Food Bank (BVFB) benefit areas like community pantries, but monetary donations can stretch the fight to end hunger further.

The BVFB has several outreach programs that work to assist some of our most vulnerable populations.

The BackPack Program is designed to benefit elementary-aged students year-round by providing bags with six meals, drinks and snacks.

“It’s all individually packaged so it’s easy for children to access on their own to kind of tie them over until they go to another place like a school or a summer camp where they might get more meals,” said Shannon Avila BVFB programs manager.

Avila says they partner with 42 schools across the Brazos Valley to distribute more than 50,000 backpacks weekly during the school year.

“Donations help us get those items, those specific items that may not come through in donations, food donations and buy them consistently so that we can make similar bags for every student we’re servicing,” said Avila.

However, that need doesn’t stop when school ends, during the summer partners like the Clara B. Mounce Library take over to help distribute bags to children.

“We’ve seen first-hand folks in need and that’s why we really reached out to the community and the Brazos Valley Food Bank to help,” said Jennifer Stadler, Youth Librarian.

On top of being partners of the backpack programs, Stadler says the Senior Outreach Program is also something they’re seeing a need for.

“They are really popular right now too. It’s a great opportunity to really help nourish our seniors as well,” said Standler.

“The senior outreach program works similar to backpacks where it’s intended to supplement a senior’s diet,” said Avila.

Stadler says their mission to help fight child hunger goes hand in hand with their mission as a certified Family Place Library.

“We really want to provide things, especially with the backpack program it’s a great way to partner with the community and provide education and resources about healthy nutrition for children and that’s imperative for brain growth,” said Stadler.

The Clara B. Mounce Library is still welcoming anyone who would benefit from the backpack or senior bag program to sign up. You can stop by the library Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m or Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To donate during the KBTX Summer Hunger Food Drive you can click here or drop off donations at Brookshire Brothers in College Station, Monday through Wednesday.

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