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S-O district offering Pantry and BackPack Program

The Sibley-Ocheyedan Central School District will be having a Pantry and BackPack Program again this school year. It will be kept confidential, and there is no financial qualification required.

The Food Bank of Iowa’s BackPack Program is designed to increase access to easy-to-prepare, single servings of food to school-aged children on weekends when school breakfast and lunch is not offered.

Here's how it works: 1. Every Friday, your child will receive a sack filled with kid-friendly foods. 2. There is no fee for participating in the program. Families are only asked to provide feedback on the program by filling out annual surveys sent home with their child. 3. The program operates during the 2021-2022 school year.

Note: Peanut butter and other products containing food allergens may be included. If your child has food allergies, it is his/her responsibility to avoid eating those food items.

There is a program in the Sibley-Ocheyedan district that helps support families in need of groceries. It receives food from donations and the Iowa Food Bank. This is meant to supplement the Back Pack program.

The school will contact participants with pickup times. A different time can be arranged if needed. The district will send participants home with a large box of miscellaneous grocery items.

Contact Ashley Hensch,, or Chrissy Ackerman,, for more information.

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