2017-10-12 / Editorial

A giving community: Helping meet the needs of our children

By Gail Haenlein
Houghton Lake

Many families are struggling in our community. Unemployment ranks high. As a result, the children often become at risk for hunger. While school-aged children are provided breakfast and lunch at no cost, it is during the weekends they may have little or no food.

Our goal with The Weekend Backpack Program is to remedy that. We believe that a “hungry child cannot learn and an undereducated adult can’t earn.” The volunteers for the program are beginning their sixth year packing food bimonthly for 120 children in Roscommon County at Collins Elementary and Roscommon Elementary. The program sends home a grocery bag of nutritious, easy-to-prepare food and snacks every Friday, October through May. The bags are donated by local stores (Family Fare, R&J’s Best Choice Marketplace, Ebel’s and Sav-A-Lot).

As the cost is still $100 per child, that amount needs to come from the community to ensure its yearly continuation. Local churches and service organizations such as the Kiwanis Club and Rotary Club of Houghton Lake are credited with assistance (please remember to support these organizations that support our community). Chartwells Food Service and some grant money has come in. The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, Flint, ships the food to our county.

Contact Gail (422-4151) or Regina (202- 2070) with your questions or desire to help these children.

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