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Published June 05 2012

Fargo firm supporting summer food program

FARGO – A Fargo firm is partnering with United Way Cass Clay and the Great Plains Food Bank this summer to provide 6,000 backpacks full of food to needy children at six Fargo schools.

John Deere Electronic Solutions (Phoenix International) is providing food, volunteers and financial support to fill, pack and deliver 500 backpacks each week for 12 weeks, the firm and agencies announced Tuesday.

The “Celebrate Through Citizenship” summer backpack program is a pilot project that continues the Cass Clay BackPack Program that runs through the school year.

The program is meant to cover the unmet needs of children attending Horace Mann, Washington, Madison, Jefferson, Lincoln and McKinley elementary schools.

“It’s pretty important and cutting edge,” said Kristina Hein, a spokeswoman for United Way of Cass Clay.

The packs are filled with kid-friendly, nonperishable and easily consumed foods for meals and snacks covering Friday evening through Sunday, Hein said.