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Grant to fund weekend meals for kids

Posted August 18, 2014 4:19 a.m. EDT
Updated August 18, 2014 5:59 a.m. EDT

— The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina is receiving a grant to help it feed children on weekends and during school breaks.

Officials with the Bayer USA Foundation will present a grant Monday to provide nearly 500,000 healthy meals to children over a three-year period. The weekend program provides food for children who are eligible for free and low-cost meals at school.

The program will help nearly 700 students this school year and will grow to almost 900 children in the third year of the grant.

Mix 101.5's annual food drive for the Backpack Buddies is Wednesday, Aug. 20. Stop by to drop off your food or monetary donations between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Brier Creek Commons (in front of Dick's Sporting Goods) and in Cary at Crossroads Plaza (in front of Old Navy).

Backpack Buddies is a program of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.

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