10.14.2010

Feeding Hungry Children

I want to share a little bit about this wonderful program, called Food2Kids, initiated by the Junior League of Athens. I can't express how meaningful and how helpful this program is to our our community and the surrounding counties. I would encourage each of you to see if there is a need for this type of program in your own communities and if there isn't one in place already, head it up! Be the change you want to see! Here is some information taken from our Junior League Website to further explain the purpose of this program:

"This program provides sacks of food to children who are in jeopardy of not having enough to eat during the weekend. The program is a cooperative effort between the Junior League of Athens and the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. JLA provides funding for the project, food drives, volunteers to stuff the sacks, and delivery to the schools in Clarke County where children are in need.

The Food Bank purchases food, stores it, and provides an area for volunteers to stuff the food sacks.

The sacks have approximately 5-7 lbs of food that will be enough for two days. Examples of food items include:

fresh fruit, ravioli in a pop-top can, sleeve of saltine crackers, applesauce, fruit cup, cereal, shelf-stable milk, peanut butter, apple juice, trail mix...all kid-friendly items that do not require cooking.

The program began modestly by providing weekly food sacks to children of homeless families and the children of students in the Classic City High School. Over 3,200 food sacks are delivered each school year, but the demand is tremendous and plans are to expand. Five of the district's 13 elementary schools have more than 90 percent of their students eligible for free or reduced lunch.

We need your help. Please volunteer, donate, or sponsor this program to bring food to children who arrive to school Monday morning ravenously hungry because they have had little to no food at home during the weekend. These kid-friendly sacks of food ensure nutrition and health over the weekend for these kids."

I had the privilege of working one of the morning volunteer shifts today at the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia here in Athens stuffing these bags of food for the children in our community. I love that the wonderful people of Athens are so willing to help others. Even though the Junior League initiated this program, the Food Bank jumped on board with us and made this happen. Now, we have volunteers from many churches, Goodwill Industries, and local citizens than come and help slice bread-that is graciously DONATED by Panera Bread in Athens, host food drives, donate food, and help organize and stuff the bags of food. I am so proud of the willingness of the people, churches, businesses and organizations in Athens, GA to help those in need. Clarke County has the highest poverty rate in our state, and thanks to the generosity of this community, we are addressing it."Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?" Isaiah 58:7

1 comment:

  1. Hey Cherish,

    That's great to hear what all you've been doing in Athens, that looks really cool and it's great to see how others joined in behind something you all took the courage to initiate.

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I sure do love hearing from y'all-you make my day!