The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the Copper Country hard, so hard that 31 Backpacks went from helping approximately 225 families, to over 2,100.
With the majority of the state still shutdown, and certain sectors of the economy still unable to reopen, things have only gotten worse.
31 Backpacks, an area non-profit, which began in 2012, originally started out providing meals on weekends to students in Calumet.
Before too long, Hubbell and Lake Linden, were also part of the program.
Weekends soon turned into Christmas vacation and Spring Break.
In the Fall of 2012, they began providing basic toiletries, as those items can’t be purchased with a SNAP Card.
Today 31 Backpacks helps families in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties.
Baraga County recently came onboard, due to the pandemic.
They help numerous area school districts, and are in dire need of monetary donations, because their next drive, supporting the Copper Country ISD, is coming within the next few weeks.
Melissa Maki, Vice President.
Links to 31 Backpacks, and information on donating are here.
The Century 21 North Country Agency also doubles as the office for 31 Backpacks.
Donations can be dropped off at 1100 Century Way Suite C Houghton, MI 49931