To help provide healthy food to kids in need during the Thanksgiving break, the Friends of the Oregon School District are teaming up with another friend.

FOSD and Promodern Salon are joining for the second year in a row to raise money for the Friends’ backpack program, which provides healthy food for students in need during breaks from school.

Nearly 700 Oregon School District students — around 17 percent — qualify for free or reduced lunch, according to the group, and the need continues to grow.

“Still more families, who may not qualify under the federal guidelines, are not getting by,” read an FOSD news release last week.

The group’s goal is to raise $1,000 by Saturday Nov. 18, to fill backpacks that will be provided to students. Donations are tax deductible and can be dropped off or mailed to Promodern Salon, 106 Spring St..

“We believe hunger is a basic need no child should have to deal with,” Promodern Salon owner Carrie Erb said in the news release. “Our community is full of caring individuals who are unaware of the hunger issues some of our students face. This program is a perfect way to pay it forward.”

Promodern Salon is offering gift cards for levels of donations: $10 for a $25 donation; $10 and an express pedicure for a $50 donation and $10, an express manicure and pedicure for a $100 donation.

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