Islamic Relief USA presented the Food Bank of Delaware with a $25,000 donation for the Backpack Program on Oct. 24.

In addition to supporting the program financially, representatives from the organization also volunteered to assemble bags.

The program provides food to children in need for weekends and holidays when school is not in session and federal school meal programs are not available.

Backpacks are stocked with kid-friendly, nutritious foods including cereal, shelf-stable milk and juice and microwaveable meals such as macaroni and cheese and beef stew. The donation will enable the food bank to provide weekend meals for a school year to 148 schoolchildren.

The food bank distributed 170,942 meal bags to more than 5,000 children each week in 2017.

Food and informational flyers for the backpacks are packed by volunteers, and the food bank delivers the bags to participating sites weekly. Site staff stores the bags in a secure area until distribution day. Meals are packed for children in plastic bags. School officials discreetly insert the bags into children’s backpacks before the weekend or holiday break.

For more, see the website Islamic Relief USA.