On Monday (Aug. 5), our new guy Rob and I got to head on over to Liberty Pool.  The Sedalia Pools were working with the Central and Northwestern Food Banks to raise money for the Buddy Pack program.

For those of you who might not know what the Buddy Pack program does, it helps our local kids in Pettis County who might not have everything they need. A lot of our kids in the area qualify for free and reduced-priced school meals. For so many of them, breakfast and lunch at school can be their only reliable meals and they are at risk of hunger over the weekend.

The Food Bank partners with elementary schools to help stop that. Buddy Packs are backpacks filled with kid-friendly, nutritious food that students take home over the weekend or holidays to supplement their meals when there is not enough for them to eat at home. After the weekend, the kids bring their empty Buddy Pack back to school to be refilled. The program continues week after week throughout the school year or as long as that child needs it to keep the growing youngsters happy and healthy.

So that's what we were raising money for - and we had some fun while doing it. Here are the photos!

If you missed out, and you still want to help, you can go to the Buddy Pack website to find ways to donate. We'll be hearing from Scott Gordon with the Food Bank office this week to hear how the program is going.

Splashily yours,