Joplin Schools receive $20,000 grant for Snackpack Program

The Joplin School District is getting some help to insure that kids get the nutrition they need.

General Mills Foundation presented a $20,000 check for the Snackpack Program this morning. This is the second year General Mills has made a donation to the program.

The program serves more than 300 elementary school children at Joplin Schools by sending each child home with a backpack filled with nutritious snacks to last through the weekend.

Gayle McAllister, former President of the Joplin Schools Foundation says General Mills has shown great support for Joplin Schools.

“They realize the need and they are also a company that dedicates itself to helping children” McAllister said.

Carolyn Mendel, Plant Manager at General Mills says she thinks this partnership between General Mills and Joplin Schools will be long-term.

“Because it is such a good fit with our mission in terms of alleviating hunger and maintaining nutrition wellness and improving education, it’s a really short debate on whether or not to support the program,” Mendel said. “So I believe this will be a long standing relationship.”

Mendel also says General Mills was very happy to make today’s donation.

“While it is unfortunate that it is the need in the community, we feel really good about being able to help bring nutritious meals and snacks home to those kids on the weekends,” she said.

The Snackpack Program began in January of 2011 and the demand nearly doubled following the May 2011 tornado.