Roundup Backpack Program Gears Up for its Sixth Year!
August 28, 2019
RBP is a non-profit organization that distributes weekend food to Roundup kids. The qualifying child/young adult is recommended by the teachers or school staff. This is done discreetly to protect the recipient’s identity. There is an opt out letter in the first bag home for those that don’t feel the need for it. We serve Head Start, Elementary, Junior High and High School. We purchase bags all ready to go from the Montana Food Bank Network for the Head Start and Elementary. The bags are put together here for the older kids so that they will have foods that are more suitable for them. Last year we served approximately 50 kids per week. We also provided summer bags for the youth center. We are also providing coats, hats and mittens when the funds are there. We provide the High School kids access to necessary health and beauty aids also.
This program results in improved motor skills, memory and social interaction, reduction in grade repetition, tardiness, anxiety, aggression, and behavior problems in class. It has also been shown to improve math and reading scores, and improved physical and cognitive development. Twenty percent of children in Montana are food insecure. This often results in parents depriving themselves in order to give the children more.
Roundup generosity has supported RBP for the last two years without any assistance from grant funding, and we hope our community will continue to be the support behind this life changing program.
There is an account at First Security Bank or you can send your tax deductible donations to Doreen Rech at 324 3rd Ave West or Robin Sibley at 915 3rd Street East. You may contact Doreen any time for questions at 323-1245.
Come see us at Musselshell Valley during the Christmas Stroll! This is our big fundraiser of the year. Watch Facebook for details and raffle tickets for five beautiful giveaways!