Backpack Buddies is a food program for at-risk kids at North Marion Primary School. Based on a national model, young people who receive free or reduced-price lunches are provided two complete heat-and-eat meals each weekend to ensure they eat when free lunches are not available. CLC partners with other faith communities and the Aurora American Legion Auxiliary to provide this service, which feeds more than 50 children each weekend through the school year. CLC volunteers purchase, assemble and deliver meals. Our congregation also financially supports the program with its annual dessert auction at the church picnic and helps raise funds at the annual Aurora “Pancakepalooza” each winter.