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Mitchell Weekend Snack Pack Program given vehicle for deliveries

The Weekend Snack Pack Program just scored some new wheels.

Courtesy of a Mitchell benefactor, the Weekend Snack Pack Program was gifted a 2001 Tahoe Wednesday for the program’s use. The vehicle was given to the Snack Pack Program by a Mitchell resident who prefers to remain anonymous. It was accepted by Cindy Novachich, program director.

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The Weekend Snack Pack Program provides one bag of easy-to-prepare meals per qualifying child each weekend. Foods given include things like ravioli or macaroni and cheese, with a snack and either a fruit or a vegetable.

Novachich said the vehicle will be used to pick up food items and for deliveries, and has twice the room of her current vehicle.

“For years, people have told me that I needed a bigger vehicle and I have agreed, but there has never been any extra money (in the program), and we’ve always used 100 percent of our donations to purchase food,” Novachich said.

The Weekend Snack Pack Program was begun by Novachich in 2010 from her home and currently delivers about 350 weekly packs to four local elementary schools: L.B. Williams, Longfellow, Gertie Belle Rogers and John Paul II. This summer, the Dakota Wesleyan University student group Enactus worked with Novachich to move the Snack Pack Program onto campus in Hughes Hall. Enactus students have also been assisting in marketing, promotions, website design and grant writing.

If interested in donating toward the Weekend Snack Pack Program or volunteering to pack meals, please contact Novachich at weekendsnackpack@gmail.com or call 605-770-5832.

-Source: Dakota Wesleyan University

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