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YMCA launches snack drive for schools

Donors can receive a day pass for every $10 in snacks they drop off.

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SUPERIOR — The Superior-Douglas County Family YMCA will be collecting donations of healthy snacks for local schools through September. As an added bonus, donors who bring in their receipt can get a day pass for every $10 they spent on snacks.

“We're really hopeful we can get a good number of snacks so we can distribute them to as many schools as possible and hopefully provide some nutrition to students that need it,” said Hannah Bourgault, marketing and community outreach coordinator for the YMCA.

Staff at the nonprofit initially planned to hold a school supplies drive. A chat with a teacher from Northern Lights Elementary School changed their focus to snacks.

“We learned that often children are hungry in the classroom and teachers will use their own money to buy snacks for the children,” Bourgault said. “Hearing that, it was clear that the children need healthy snacks more than they might need new supplies so they can remain focused and engaged to get the most out of their school day.”

A donation box will be set up near the front desk of the YMCA, 9 N. 21st St. in Superior. If the box is full or can’t be located, or if donors want to show their receipt and get some day passes, donations can be dropped off at the front desk.

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Recommended snacks include individual fruit cups, applesauce cups and bags of goldfish or animal crackers, boxes of raisins, cheese and cracker packets, fruit chews, cereal bars, granola bars, crackers, pretzels and snack mix.

Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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