Weekend Snack Pack Program gifted vehicle for deliveries

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Weekend Snack Pack Program just scored some new wheels.

Courtesy of a Mitchell benefactor, the Weekend Snack Pack Program was gifted a 2001 Tahoe today, Nov. 13, for the program’s use. The vehicle was given to the Snack Pack Program by a Mitchell resident who prefers to remain anonymous. It was accepted by Cindy Novachich, program director.

The Weekend Snack Pack Program provides one bag of easy-to-prepare meals per qualifying child each weekend. Foods given include things like ravioli or macaroni and cheese, with a snack and either a fruit or a vegetable.

Novachich said the vehicle will be used to pick up food items and for deliveries, and has twice the room of her current vehicle.

“For years, people have told me that I needed a bigger vehicle and I have agreed, but there has never been any extra money (in the program), and we’ve always used 100 percent of our donations to purchase food,” Novachich said. “The cost of a vehicle and insurance was something I told people to pray about. With the hard economic times, our donations have been down and the number of bags we pack each week keeps increasing.”

The Weekend Snack Pack Program was begun by Novachich in 2010 from her home and currently delivers about 350 weekly packs to four local elementary schools: L.B. Williams, Longfellow, Gertie Belle Rogers and John Paul II. This summer, the Dakota Wesleyan University student group Enactus worked with Novachich to move the Snack Pack Program onto campus in Hughes Hall, providing a free space for the program to set up and expand, as well as easy access to the public. Enactus students have also been assisting in marketing, promotions, website design, and grant writing. DWU will assume the cost of the car insurance and Enactus is looking at securing donations for tires and oil changes.

Since working with Enactus on project figures, Novachich decided to log the miles she spent on grocery shopping, deliveries and presentations to service clubs, which came to approximately 40 to 50 miles per week.

“It is truly a special gift for we who operate with recycled bags and boxes and through the generous donations of food drives. It is a blessing that will enable our charity to continue to use 100 percent of the contributions given to buy food for kids,” she said. “We are able, through food, to give hope to children in Mitchell who live in poverty. The donor of the Tahoe heard about our need through her work on other charity groups and felt God was calling her to provide this for us. I am so very thankful.”

If interested in donating toward the Weekend Snack Pack Program or volunteering to pack meals, please contact Novachich at weekendsnackpack@gmail.com or call 605-770-5832. Individuals may stop by during packing times to lend a hand, or service organizations can sign up as a group. Also, there are bins located outside of Hughes Hall for food donations to be dropped off.

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