NEXT Young Professionals present $500 check to Backpack Program

The Backpack Programs numbers are up but a couple of months ago, they received a bit of a setback. With these donations and grants, they are set for the rest of the year. (Brian Sherrod, KNEP)
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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. NEXT Young Professionals presented a check of $500 to the Cooperative Ministries Backpack Program.

This $500.00 will be used to purchase food for these kids.

NEXT Young Professionals says this organization is near and dear to their hearts.

“The kids are going to be what’s running our community later on down the road,” said Laurie Buhlke, President of NEXT Young Professionals. “We want to be able to provide for them as well as those that are struggling just to find food when they are not in school. It definitely makes us feel good as an organization to be able to donate to that.”

The Backpack Programs numbers are up but a couple of months ago, they received a bit of a setback.

With the big push and organization providing them with donations and grants, they can say that they are good and set for the rest of the year.

“The idea that a kid is hungry breaks your heart,” said Missi Iasillo, Co-Director for Cooperative Ministries Backpack Program. “On a bigger scale, the idea is if a child is not hungry in school, they can concentrate in school and they will continue to do better in school. It will help further their education down the line, hopefully breaking the cycle that they are not struggling with food.”

Anything they receive for the rest of this year can be used for 2020.