More Than 58,000 Meals Collected During Neighbor To Neighbor Food Drive

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Enough food to provide 58,000 meals was collected during the Neighbor to Neighbor food drive.

Secretary of Agriculture Dale Rodman made the announcement Tuesday while he visited Topeka's Harvesters location.

They also helped out packing backpacks for the "BackSnack" program.

The program provides back packs of food to low-income children to take home for the weekend, something educators are really grateful for.

"We have teachers who keep food in the classrooms to share with kids when they're hungry and it hasn't been too long ago that on Fridays it wouldn't be unusual to see a teacher slipping food into a backpack or two of kids," said Sandy Marshall, Counselor at Scott Computer Technology Magnet school. "So having the BackSnacks from Harvesters come in has just been a real blessing".

The month-long food drive was sponsored by the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Dillons food stores and Harvesters.