Pictured (L to R) with two backpacks and presenting a check for $700 to the VMS Backpack Buddy Food Program are: Principal Scott Benoy, Council Commander John Helgeson, School Counselor Aimee Reyzer and Woodville Post 301’s Jerry Johnson. Photo by Paul J. Seeling
Pictured (L to R) with two backpacks and presenting a check for $700 to the VMS Backpack Buddy Food Program are: Principal Scott Benoy, Council Commander John Helgeson, School Counselor Aimee Reyzer and Woodville Post 301’s Jerry Johnson. Photo by Paul J. Seeling

WOODVILLE, WI – The Woodville American Legion Post 301 once again shared their portion of the proceeds from the St. Croix County Council of the American Legion Golf Tournament with Viking Middle School (VMS). VMS is putting the generous $700 donation into the VMS Backpack Buddy Food Program.

The council’s annual golf fundraiser has been going on for over 40 years and this year it was held in June at the Hammond Gold Course, and raised $7,000 that was distributed among the 9 Posts in St. Croix County.

“What funds are raised in St. Croix County stay in St. Croix County,” said County Commander John Helgeson who was at Viking for the donation presentation to the Backpack Buddy Food Program; accompanying John was Jerry Johnson representing Woodville’s American Legion Post 301.

Receiving the check and showing the backpacks and contents were Principal Scott Benoy and

School Counselor Aimee Reyzer who helps administer the Backpack Buddy Food Program at VMS. Aimee graciously provided the following information about the worthwhile Baldwin-Woodville School District system: The Baldwin-Woodville Backpack Buddy Program is the dream result of “Bowls for the Soul,” an ambitious fundraising effort by B-W’s Three Art Departments, FFA Organization, and the Spanish Club in collaboration with Community Resources for food and storage space. Given the fact that the struggling economy is impacting families within our community, this program provides an opportunity for families to obtain a backpack of food items to consume at home twice a month.

The B-W Backpack Buddy Food Program is a free program that provides kid-friendly, non-perishable food to our elementary, middle and high school students.  The program supports students who are in need of food on weekends and over extended school breaks when other resources such as free and reduced-price lunches are not available. The backpacks are given to the students without ever drawing attention to the contents or the intent.

How the B-W Backpack Buddy Food Program works:  On Tuesdays, backpacks are filled with basic food items such as: cereal, fruit, vegetable, pasta, and jelly or peanut butter.  These backpacks are then brought home Friday night to be unpacked.  The empty backpacks are then returned to school the next school day.  This happens on the first and third Tuesday of each month. (So as mentioned students receive a backpack of food stuffs twice a month!)

Good going Legionnaires and VMS!