Posted: Oct 30, 2012 9:17 PM by Katy Harris KXLF News
Less fortunate elementary students in Butte schools will not go hungry over the weekends.
The Butte Emergency Food Bank received two $50,000 grants from the Walmart Golden Spark campaign.
Local Walmart employees heard about contest and began knocking on doors to spread the word.
Two Butte residents chose the food bank, who will use the money for their Backpack Program.
The money will help keep over 600 students fed over the weekend.
It will provide lunches and breakfasts for two days to kids that receive a free or reduced lunch and are chronically hungry.
"Oh my gosh! Gives us all goosbumps! It's so amazing to be able to do this. It's so sad to think that kids struggle. They should not have to worry about what they're going to eat," says Butte Emergency Food Bank Director Kathy Griffith.
"They give us the resources to be involved in our community and then encourage us to go out and do it and I don't know a lot of companies that do that," adds Butte Walmart Store Manager Merle Axford.
Emerson Elementary Principal Evonne Holman says, "We're really going to be able to help those children because they need the nourishment. They don't succeed in school without good nourishment."
Several elementary schools in Butte will receive the free food packages.
The Backpack Program will start this Friday