LYNDEN — For the month of August, the Lynden branch of Banner Bank at 138 Birch Bay–Lynden Rd. is hosting a food drive for Backpack Buddies in preparation for the upcoming school year.

Backpack Buddies’ mission is to send children home from school on Fridays with kid-friendly, easy-to-prepare food for the weekend, so they start school Monday nourished and ready to learn, said Tammy Yoder, who is involved in the program

Items needed most are canned fruit (peaches or pears), Chef Boyardee products, granola bars, instant oatmeal packs and pop tarts.

Backpack Buddies is starting its third school year and delivers food to over 100 students each weekend. The motto is: “Be part of the solution. Because hunger doesn’t end on Fridays.”