Oct 18, 2011 8:53 AM by Russ Thomas (KPAX News)
MISSOULA- Nearly 50 middle and high school student volunteers flooded the Montana Food Bank Network in Missoula on Monday to help less fortunate youngsters around the state.
Students from school districts all across Western Montana are taking on this project as part of the Youth Days program, a program dedicated to teaching community service, leadership and team building.
The supplies for Monday's project are provided by Feed The Children, an international nonprofit relief organization.
"They sent us about 2,000 backpacks that are going to kids all over the state," Montana Food Bank Network CEO Peggy Grimes told us.
She explained that the backpacks reach children that are living in poverty, those that can't afford basic school necessities, or do not always get three meals a day.
Grimes added that she is touched by the willingness these students have to help less fortunate kids, including those that might be in their own schools.
"To have them out here to help repackage these backpacks, it says a lot. It says a lot about their character, it says a lot about who they are, and about who they want to become."
The volunteers el talked with said they were excited about the chance to help out in whatever way they could.
Click here to visit the Montana Food Bank Network website.