Snack Pack the Palace event set for Tigers basketball game

Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Weekend Snack Pack Program, in conjunction with Dakota Wesleyan University, is asking sports fans to Snack Pack the Palace at next Wednesday’s Tiger basketball game.

DWU’s Enactus club is organizing an awareness event for the Weekend Snack Pack Program during the DWU vs. Mount Marty game Jan. 15 at the Corn Palace. A portion of the gate admission, as well as the proceeds of a 50/50 raffle, will go toward the Weekend Snack Pack program, and monetary and food donations are welcome at the donation booth in the Palace. The women’s game begins at 6 p.m. and the men’s at 8 p.m.

This is also a White-Out event – the crowd is encouraged to don white and/or DWU gear – and the men’s game will be a “Silent Night” game. A “Silent Night” is when the crowd is asked to be completely silent until DWU scores its 10th point, then the crowd goes wild.

“This will be a fun night for Tigers fans and also a great way to raise support for the Snack Pack program,” said Brent Matter, DWU junior who is in charge of the event. “The Weekend Snack Pack program is a local nonprofit doing great things in Mitchell.”

Matter helped organize free space for the program in Hughes Hall on DWU’s campus. Also, this summer, a benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous, donated an SUV to the program, which will be on display outside of the Corn Palace on Wednesday night.

The Weekend Snack Pack Program provides one bag of easy-to-prepare meals for local elementary students. Foods given include things like ravioli or macaroni and cheese, with a snack and either a fruit or a vegetable. The program was created to help children who primarily stay home alone on the weekends, have something nutritious and easy to make.

The Weekend Snack Pack Program was begun by Cindy Novachich in 2010 and currently delivers about 350 weekly packs to four local elementary schools: L.B. Williams, Longfellow, Gertie Belle Rogers and John Paul II.

If interested in donating toward the Weekend Snack Pack Program or volunteering to pack meals, please contact Novachich at 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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