Radford University helps tackle food insecurity with ‘Give Back’ event

New River Valley News

RADFORD, Va. (WFXR) — It’s an initiative to make sure children don’t go hungry.

Students at Radford University held their annual ‘Give Back’ event on Wednesday, Oct. 27 and Thursday, Oct. 28.

The university partnered with Bobcat Backpacks to help kids facing food insecurity by providing them with food for three months.

“There are so many children in our city that struggle with food insecurity and we just feel like the community needs to help these kids because we know they cannot learn and be happy if they do not have enough food,” said Jane Fisher, co-founder of Bobcat Backpacks.

Jane Fisher packing bags at the Radford University ‘Gives Back” event. (Photo: Kelsey Jean-Baptiste/WFXR News)

The Bobcat Backpack program dates back to 2015 when Fisher and two of her friends noticed kids in Radford struggling from food insecurity, Fisher told WFXR News. Now, once a week, Fisher and her friends dedicate their time at the Presbyterian Church of Radford to give canned or boxed goods to the community.

“We have kids who are struggling, and it’s at no fault of their own. It is no fault of their parents. They just need a little extra on the weekend,” said Fisher.

The Radford ‘Gives Back’ event only happens once a year and many students say they look forward to it.

Radford University students line up to pack bags. (Photo: Kelsey Jean-Baptiste/WFXR News)

“I am just trying to give back to the community, and my school. So, this is a great way to give back. I know a lot of people are struggling right now,” said Lauren Markowski, a student at Radford University.

Organizers say the event brought in more than 10,000 different types of foods.

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