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      New school year means buddy packs are back

      A new school year means The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri's Buddy Packs Program is back once again.

      The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri is making sure no child goes hungry this school year.

      A new school year means the Buddy Packs Program is back once again.

      The Food Bank has been running the program for about five years now. It's used in about 149 schools across central and northeast Missouri.

      Thanks to that program, children who might otherwise go hungry are able to take home a book bag filled with meals when school is not in session.

      Regional Coordinator Susan Dublin thanks the community support for the cause.

      "It's important to the Food Bank but it's even more important to the teachers and schools. The stories I hear all the time. At the Buddy Walk the other day, teachers were telling me stories about different students and how it is and how much it means to them," Dublin said.

      The bags will packed up starting this week to begin distribution next week. About 7,000 bags are distributed every week.

      Families have to apply for free and reduced lunches at their local school for kids to be approved for the program.

      For more information on the Buddy Pack Program or how you can help, click here or write to Susan Dublin at susand@sharefoodbringhope.org