The Wayne County Food Pantry Backpack Program Receives AWG Cares Award Grant

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Wayne, NE

Recently, AWG Cares approved a grant request in the amount of $3,000 to the Wayne County Food Pantry/Backpack Program in Wayne, NE. The grant request was submitted by Cynthia Puntney, AWG Nebraska employee.


This program began in April 2013 in Wayne, NE. The Wayne County Food Pantry Backpack Program provides a weekend supply of nutritious food for children when school lunch and breakfast is unavailable on a weekend. Each food bag contains two breakfasts (such as a package of oatmeal or granola bar), two lunches (a can of soup or an easy Mac and Cheese), two snacks (pudding or cheese/crackers), and two servings of fruit (one preserved and one fresh). All food is nonperishable, can be prepared by a small child, doesn’t require additional ingredients or use of a stove, and is provided to children free of charge. The hope is that these resources will support the health, behavior, and achievement of every student that participates. Though the program is intended to help those children whose families find it difficult to have enough food for the entire month, all children are eligible for this program. Backpacks are distributed to over 100 children in the area each month.


Thank you, Cynthia, for donating to AWG Cares and submitting this grant request!

Wayne County Backpack Program Check Presentation 2022

Pictured from left to right:


  • Rita McLean, Food Pantry/Backpack Program Volunteer
  • Jenny Hammer, Backpack Program Coordinator
  • Cynthia Puntney, Administrative Services Supervisor, AWG Nebraska Division


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