About 320 local children benefit from Snak Pak 4 Kids, volunteers needed


Last Updated on August 11, 2015 – 8:56 PM CDT

Above: Volunteers fill bags of food for Snack Pak 4 Kids at Hillcrest Elementary School on Tuesday.

About 30 volunteers of all ages gathered at Hillcrest Elementary School on Tuesday to fill bags of food for the Snack Pak 4 Kids program. Throughout the summer, seven local churches financed the program so 302 children would have food, and six of the churches delivered the bags door to door, Joe Rivera said.

Rivera and his wife, Yetta, started the program in Dumas in 2013, passing out food to about 104 children at that time. Today, about 320 children benefit from the program.

“The program has grown today to include an area from Hale Center to Clayton,” Rivera said. “About 6,400 kids receive food now. It’s incredible how the communities have gotten behind this and supported it.”

Volunteers are still needed, Rivera said, and anyone who is interested can call him at 806-341-0453 or email him at dumas@snack4kids.org.

Rivera said 100 percent of the money donated to the program goes to buy food. Watch a short video of the volunteers filling the bags below.