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Nice-Pak makes backpack program possible

JONSBORO, AR (KAIT) - Thanks to one company in Region 8, the kids at City Youth Ministries will go home with a meal all summer long.

"Our folks really rallied around this project and brought in over 3,000 items to go in the backpack program for City Youth Ministries," said Nice-Pak Human Resource Manager Kerry Roemer.

City Youth Ministries Executive Director, Kim Shumpert said the backpack program almost wasn't an option for them.

"It would have been close to $9,000 that we didn't have in our budget right now," Shumpert said.

As part of Nice-Pak's "Be the Difference Day", they wanted to make a difference for children in the community.

"We did some brain storming about a sizable impact that we could make for an organization," Roemer said. "Historically our team has always been excited about benefiting children and so we thought it was good fit."

With over 3,000 food items more than a hundred kids will receive a meal to bring home during the summertime.

"When we started summer we were really concerned because our program only goes through Thursday, so we were really worried there was going to be three whole days that we weren't going to be able to provide a meal," Shumpert said.

What started off as a fun filled food drive, is now keeping less children in the community hungry.

"Everybody hears about what a hungry state Arkansas is, so we wanted to make a difference," said Roemer.

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