Letter: Programs fight hunger
Thank you for your front page story about the lack of summer food options for the Roaring Fork Valley children. It has been a grossly overlooked need for many years. However, perhaps you are not aware that there are actually a few small ongoing projects initiated in the past year to help make a dent in valley hunger.
First, The Pointe Church, with the help of Food Bank of the Rockies, instigated the Totes program last August at Glenwood Springs Elementary. This program sends bags of nonperishables home on weekends during the school year to help bridge the gap between the meals served during the school week for families whose children receive free or reduced-cost lunches. The church is continuing this program throughout the summer, in some cases delivering the bags to the homes of participants if they are unable to pick them up at the school.
The other program is First Presbyterian Church’s One Square Meal. This service began two weeks ago and consists of a Friday lunch served at one of the local neighborhoods. Residents, primarily children, are treated to a well-rounded, often hot, meal. Children are also entertained with games and crafts, and Totes from The Pointe program are available for families to take home. It is manned by congregation members of First Presbyterian Church, assisted by a rotating group of high school students. This year the program will run for eight weeks.
Both of these churches hope that what they are doing this summer will provide a blueprint for future programs throughout the valley. The plan has always been to engage more churches and other community organizations in these efforts to meet the nutritional needs of the valley youth, particularly during the summer months.
If you are interested in learning more about these programs, would like to get involved or donate, or have ideas for new projects, please contact either Janice Pursley at firstname.lastname@example.org or Amy Treese at email@example.com.
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