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Bags containing cereal, pasta dishes, milk and fruit will be sent home each weekend with kids at Minnehaha Elementary. It's part of the backpack program, which helps students dealing with food insecurity stay fed over the weekend. Photo by LaReesa Sandretsky.

Weekend food packs help keep little bellies full

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A new program debuted this week at Minnehaha Elementary School that will help keep kids in Two Harbors full during the long weekend.

It all started last winter when Two Harbors resident Martha Hanson read about The BackPack Program, which rolled out in Duluth earlier this year. It sends bags of easy-to-prepare dishes home with kids for the weekend, when they might not otherwise have reliable access to food.

"I thought, 'Why can't we do this in Two Harbors?'" Hanson said.

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