Employees at Jack Henry and Associates (JHA), based in Monett, raised $6,000 over the summer through a special breakfast fundraiser and by donating $1 a day for the privilege of wearing shorts and flip-flops to work.
JHA is dividing the money between backpack programs in the Monett, Pierce City, Purdy, Cassville, Aurora and Mt. Vernon school districts.
Carah Patterson presented the check to the Food for Thought program leaders, based at the First Christian Church in Monett.
"We're grateful to Jack Henry for the support and the other organizations that have supported the program," Ken Bandy said. "We're trying to raise funds to be able to increase the number of children we can help from 48 to 72 by the beginning of 2013."
For more information on the Food for Thought backpack program, contact the church at 235-7233.