Hungry local children need help

SUNBURY — There are hundreds of hungry kids in The Valley — but you could help. The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Susquehanna Valley is heading an effort called Love Flows. Rev. Ann Keeler Evans says through Love Flows they hope to raise funds to pay for student lunches on the weekends.

 

“Really one out of two of our kids are on free or reduced lunch. In some schools, that is more like four out of five,” Evans said. “Now, I’m not sure how that translates exactly into kids who have no food on the weekend. There are a lot of kids with no food on the weekend — who they call ‘food insecure’ so we don’t hear that awful ‘hungry’ word.”

 

Evans says all donations will go to support existing back pack programs and encourage the start of more. She says $2 a week could feed one child, $80 could feed a child for the whole year, and $1,000 could feed a whole classroom. “There are still hungry kids. Are we willing to let children be hungry in The Valley? I think that is really the question,” she said. “It’s great to hear the stories about kids feeling worthwhile because somebody is paying attention to them and looking out for them. Kids are doing better in school. It’s heartbreaking, but we can make a difference with a very small amount of money.”

 

Evans says all money raised goes toward feeding children in our area. You can find more information and donate to the Love Flows effort at http://www.uucsv.org/feature/love-flows-the-love-project/. Their website loveflows.net will be completed shortly. Evans was a guest on WKOK Sunrise Thursday.  (Codi Jade)

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