Backpack Buddies program to return

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Backpack Buddies will, for the second year, begin serving children at Galax Elementary, Galax Middle and Galax High on Sept. 3.
Last year, Backpack Buddies, a program designed to feed children over the weekend that may go hungry, served 172 Galax children throughout the school year.
Backpack Buddies is a new, national, community-based program with about 150 organizations in the country that help provide nutritious, non-perishable meals and healthy snacks to children in need.
The organization that began in Galax last year relies heavily on volunteers and local donors.
Organizer Alison Bolen said the organization has $7,500 to start off the school year, but funds will go quickly.
Donations are tax-deductible, and checks may be made payable to Galax Presbyterian Church c/o Backpack Buddies Program and sent to the church at P.O. Box 2, Galax, Va. 24333.
All donations go towards purchasing food for these children.
For more information, call 233-5011.