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Cat & Pup Pack Weekend Food Backpack Programs Receive Huge Boost

Cat & Pup Pack Weekend Food Backpack Programs Receive Huge Boost
Holliday Family of Companies present check to Missi Iasillo (Strang/RRN/KNEB)

The Holliday Family of Companies presented a check Friday morning to members of the Cat & Pup Pack weekend food programs for students.

Missi Iasillo accepted a check that represents donations raised by a recent fund drive organized by The Holliday Family of Companies.

In October the food insecurity program only had enough funding to continue operations through December, the first time Iasillo had encountered the situation since she took over the post five years ago.

Once a week, the program distributes food to children for the weekend a cost of about $5 per package, and Iasillo says even at its current level, it doesn’t reach every household that may be facing food insecurity.

To help the program remain stable and in operation, a GoFundMe page for the programs was set up by two entities of the Holliday Family of Companies, a ‘spirit towel’ fundraiser took place at the first playoff game involving Scottsbluff, Adams Pumpkin Patch admission was half off one weekend with a food donation, and Fresh Foods offered peanut butter for 99 cents that people donated.

The Oregon Trail Community Foundation awarded a grant to help the programs keep functioning with $5,000 to go toward the efforts to combat food insecurity in the area.

Donations came from sources off all kinds including individuals, business owners, parents, grandparents, teachers, & pretty much everyone who cares about students in our area. The outpouring by our community and its members was truly inspiring.

Iasillo also thanks Mark Gillam & Floyd’s Truck Center employees and to Jodene Burkhardt & her staff at Complete Care Family Practice for each donating $1000.00 to help reach their goal to feed students over the weekends.

The Holliday Family of Companies matched all donations up to $5000.00, bringing the total amount presented Friday to the Cat & Pup Pack Student Weekend Food Program to $10,749.66.

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