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No one could have expected their growth.
"It's been growing so fast, and our challenge is keeping it up."
Scott Young, Executive Director of Lincoln Food Bank expected to help 500 kids when he helped start the backpack program. Well, that was a decade ago.
Now, they're celebrating their 10th year anniversary. The program serves over 3,500 children and families in Lincoln every week, serving them food in backpacks.
The backpack program is continuously growing and they need help, "What we need is volunteer effort," said Young.
It takes approximately 300 volunteers a week just go get the bags distributed at the 40 packing sites available. The hard work as a volunteer pays off.
"When somebody whose gotten a backpack for a while comes back and says we don't need it anymore and they want to help someone else. And when you help people, you teach other people to help," said Sharon Crouse who has been volunteering in Crete, NE.
The Lincoln Food Bank is not stopping just yet, they hope to feed the remaining 18,000 families in need in Southeast Nebraska.