COLD SPRING - Volunteers in the ROCORI district are making a difference by giving packed weekend meals to students in need.

The ROCORI Action Packs are a backpack of food that goes home with a student to ensure that they have some healthy, nutritional meals for the weekend. Debbie Nelson started the project after hearing about a similar church program down in the metro area, she says the food in the packs is simple to prepare for students who may not have a parent available.

Types of foods in the meal pack. (Photo submitted by Debbie Nelson)

Nelson says they partner with volunteers and community groups like Girl Scouts or Confirmation groups to prepare the packs twice a month.

The packs come with seven non-perishable food items. Nelson says they are focused on offering healthier items that are quick and easy to eat.

The program started last fall. Right now 60 students are receiving packs in the ROCORI District. Food and money for the project is donated by community members and local businesses.

Nelson says 15 businesses in the ROCORI community and countless volunteers have contributed towards the effort.

"I'm just blown away by the community support and want to thank all the people and businesses involved," Nelson says.

To learn more or to become involved with the ROCORI Action packs, you can visit their Facebook page. Financial donations can also be sent to the River of Life Church in Cold Spring.