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Donation aids food program

September 2, 2014
The Daily Freeman Journal
Webster City Ministerial received a $2,000 Working Here Fund grant to support its program to fill student backpacks with food each Friday during the school year. The grant is provided through Farm Credit Services of America’s Working Here Fund Webster City Schools Backpack Program needs about $1,000 a week to ensure students who are in need of food have enough food for the weekends, when school lunches aren’t available. Gayle Olson, Deb Peterson, Pastor Mike Kroona, and Lori Hartnett meet once a month to review funding, food ordering and delivery. Trinity Church provides the space for storage and packing of food. The Kiwanis Club delivers the food to the schools weekly and the school counselors distribute the food to the students. Webster City Schools Backpack Food for kids Program is one of 25 organizations to receive a Working Here Fund grant. FCSAmerica awarded $42,300 during the latest grant cycle ending June 30, 2014, $36,300 of which will help fund community projects in Iowa. The Working Here Fund provides up to $2,000 each for projects and organizations that make a positive, long-term impact in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wyoming in the areas of agriculture education, young and beginning producers, or hunger and nutrition programs. To complete an application, visit


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