LINCOLN, Neb. (COLOGNE) – Students, parents and community members across Lincoln went the extra mile Saturday by shining a light on child hunger across the city. Dozens of people gathered for the annual Backpack Extra Mile Walk at Lincoln East High School.
The event began at 10 a.m. and children and their families walked around the block. It celebrated the long-standing partnership between the Lincoln Food Bank and Lincoln Public Schools and raised money for nutritious food options through the BackPack Program.
“The event itself is an opportunity for us to raise awareness about child hunger in our schools and throughout our service area,” said Michaela Kumke, president of the Lincoln Food Bank.
The event has provided 6.4 million meals for children since 2008, Kumke said. This year it raised about $125,000.
People can still get involved and donate on the Lincoln Food Bank website.
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