University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

UND teams with Northland Mission on backpack food distribution program

The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics is working with the Northlands Rescue Mission and local schools to deliver food through the BackPack Distribution Program.

The program distributes food to children living with hunger in the Grand Forks area; Otto Bremer awarded $10,000 to buy food for the expanding program.  Backpacks are assembled at the Mission and delivered to schools for distribution to students so they will have food over the weekends and holidays.

UND and the Mission are also working to improve the nutritional value of the foods offered through a partnership with the Grand Forks County NDSU Extension Service.  In its first year, the program helped 32 students, and this past year it benefited 150 students. The Mission hopes to serve more children this upcoming school year.

The first Backpack Program was started in 1995 in Little Rock Ark., when a school nurse noticed children showing symptoms of hunger, such as nausea and dizziness, on Monday mornings after the long weekend.  Food insecurity and hunger can impact a child’s physical, mental and cognitive health and impair typical growth and development.

If you are interested in donating to the program, please contact the Northlands Rescue Mission at, or call 701.772.6609


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