Xtra Factors has donated $7,300 to USD 382 that will be used for food bags for summer school students.

Jim Gatz, Xtra Factors plant manager, presented a $7,300 check to Glenda Houdyshell,USD 382 nurse, last week that will go towards food bags for Pratt children participating in the summer food program. The presentation was May7 at the ACE building.

Houdyshell said food bags are handed out on Fridays to students and families who meet the qualifications. The summer lunch program provides a free lunch to anyone ages 0-18. The bags are handed out at Pratt High School in the cafeteria where the program is held. The food in the food bags doesn’t have to be cooked or refrigerated. It is designed so that students who are home alone can open and feed themselves, Houdyshell said.

Food in the bags includes grains, protein, dairy and usually a fruit. The food bags themselves are provided through the Kansas Food Bank. Volunteers prepare the bags.

Xtra Factors purchases ingredients for their feed products from NutraBlend and get points for the purchases. The points are redeemed for money that is used in a nationwide drive to feed children. A portion of that money was used for the donation to USD 382, Gatz said.