The United Way of Becker County is recruiting sponsors for its annual Food 4 Thought Backpack Program.

The program provides six balanced meals to children in need in the Detroit Lakes, Frazee and Lake Park-Audubon school districts. These meals include two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, and two snacks and drinks.

Last year, the program distributed 8,400 backpacks between the three school districts, according to United Way.

For a $20 donation, a backpack will be filled weekly for only a month. For $90, that backpack will be filled weekly for half of the school year. The full $180 covers every week of the full school year.

Checks can be made to the Backpack Program - United Way and mailed to Backpack Program - United Way, PO Box 348, Detroit Lakes, MN 56502. Credit Cards are also accepted. For more information, visit or call 218-847-0727.