$1,000 donation to foodbank made possible by reusable bag sales

Area Hy-Vee stores came together to donate $1,000 to the River Bend Food Bank.

A spokesperson from Hy-Vee said dietitians from the Muscatine, and Clinton, and QC Hy-Vee stores presented the check on Thursday, April 10, 2014.

The money was raised from Hy-Vee’s reusable bag sales at the Women’s Health and Lifestyle Fair that was held in March.

The money will benefit the Backpack Program, which helps feed hungry kids in the area. The program serves around 1,700 kids in the QC.

“This often is the difference between whether a child will feel hungry over the weekend or not,” said Caren Laughlin from the River Bend Foodbank. “Not only that, but a lot of kids eat nothing but junk, so this is a healthier alternative for them.”

The backpack program heavily relies on donations to keep it running.