MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are working with HTC for a second season to bring Backpack Buddies Monday to TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. The program invites fans to bring certain essentials to the ballpark for donation on Monday home games. Those donating will receive half-price admission on their Monday game ticket.
Starting in 2004, the Backpack Buddies program aims to provide schools with nutritious, child-friendly, self-serve food designed to put in a backpack and feed a child over the weekend. The program began with a pilot program of approximately 300 children. Now, a decade later, the program provides over 1,500 meals a week across Horary County.
The Pelicans are pleased to bring back the program after a successful first year with a valued partner in HTC. To participate, fans can bring the following items to Monday night home games for half-priced admission: Ramen Noodles, Pop Tarts, individual servings of pudding, individual servings of apple sauce, fruit cups, Beanie Weenies, Vienna Sausage, cereal, raviolis (pop-top cans), chicken noodle soup (pop top cans).
"The Help 4 Kids organization that runs Backpack Buddies is an incredible group and we're honored to help them in their fight to ensure that the 2400+ local children have the food and nourishment the kids need," remarked Pelicans Vice President and General Manager Andy Milovich. "Barb Mains and her staff give these kids a chance to succeed in the classroom and life. She's a true hero and we're fortunate to be in a position to assist her in helping kids throughout our community."