Radford University raises 15,000 food items for hungry area schools kids

RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ7) More than 100 school kids from food insecure families in Radford will be getting weekend meals soon.

As part of the 2nd annual Radford Gives Back, students, faculty, and staff at Radford University raised 15,000 food items for the Bobcats Backpack program. That's 1,000 more than last year, which fed kids on weekends for three months.

The plan is to make the 115 students successful in school, by making sure they won't be hungry on Monday mornings.

Bobcat Backpacks Program member Jenny Riffe said, "The Bobcat Backpacks Program was selected to be included during the week of events during President Hemphill’s inauguration last fall. He and the first lady’s commitment to putting community-minded volunteerism at the forefront of Radford University’s mission is wonderful.

"Due in large part to the generosity of the Highlanders, the Bobcat Backpacks Program was able to provide weekend food throughout the summer for the first time. Working along with the RCPS Summer Feeding Program, our food was delivered to needy families every week.

"The food we provide gives marginalized children in our community the opportunity to be successful in school because they aren’t hungry Monday morning. Our goal is to meet that need with reliability and stability. Events like this guarantee our ability to achieve this goal.

"Our partnership with Radford University with this event is profoundly important to the success of our program. We hope to continue participating in this campus-wide food drive for many years to come."

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