William Woods students organize Buddy Pack stuffing party

Katie Turner, Tessa Hance and Cameron Baker participate in the Buddy Pack stuffing party.
Katie Turner, Tessa Hance and Cameron Baker participate in the Buddy Pack stuffing party.

It is said that “Many hands make light work,” and that was the case Friday when numerous William Woods University students and prospective students worked together to help the Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri.

Kyla Kerr hands bags of cheerios for the Buddy Packs to Cameron Baker.
Kyla Kerr hands bags of cheerios for the Buddy Packs to Cameron Baker.

During Woods 101, an event for students planning to attend William Woods in the fall, current and incoming students and their families participated in a Buddy Pack stuffing party at Aldridge Lounge, with food provided by the Food Bank.

Fraternity and sorority members, who organized the event, believe this is a great way to get more packs stuffed with the extra help and show incoming students what a difference Greek life strives to make in the world.

Katie Turner stuffs cans of peaches.
Katie Turner stuffs cans of peaches.

The Buddy Pack program was created to ensure students on free and reduced priced school meals receive reliable nutrition and are not at risk for hunger over the weekend. The Food Bank distributes Buddy Packs to children in elementary schools in most of the 32 counties it serves.

During the school-year, more than 6,000 Buddy Packs are distributed weekly. In Callaway County, approximately 2,300 (nearly 50 percent) of the public school children are on free or reduced school meals and have little or no food at home.

Buddy Packs are filled with kid-friendly, nutritious food that students take home over the weekend or holiday periods to supplement their meals when there is not enough for them to eat at home. After the weekend, volunteers at the schools refill the packs for the following weekend.