Pack Away Hunger a great program
Estherville Rotarians Thursday heard a program that was near and dear to their hearts when Sarah Ussery and Jolene Nichols told them about Pack Away Hunger, a new program that will provide weekend meals to Estherville Lincoln Central children in need.
With over 47 percent of ELC students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch and 16 percent of those children living in poverty, for many of those children, a school lunch might often be the only meal they get during the day. They might not even get that on weekends, so that’s why Ussery and Nichols started the program they hope to have underway by March. It takes just $15 to fill one backpack each week. However, donations of any amount are welcome. Monetary donations may be sent to Pack Away Hunger, P.O. Box 230, Estherville, IA 51334. Food donations are also welcome. A suggested food list is:
n Chicken or Tuna Helper.
n Canned chicken or tuna.
n Pizza kits (complete — no added ingredients).
n Pasta and pasta sauce.
n Mac and cheese (complete — no added ingredients).
n Canned pasta with pull lids (like Chef Boyardee).
n Mac and cheese bowls (individual).
n Peanut butter.
n Cereal (individual boxes).
n Oatmeal packets.
n Fruit/applesauce cups.
n Canned vegetables.
n Canned Fruit.
n Fruit snacks.
n Granola bars.
n Pudding cups.
n Cheese or peanut butter and crackers packets.
n Rice cups.
n Juice boxes.
n Microwave popcorn.
No glass containers and only non-perishable items are requested.
Food donations may be left at:
n Blum & Leonard Agency Inc., 418 Central Ave.
n Iowa Lakes Community College, 300 S. 18th St.
n Inman Electric Co./Radio Shack, 15 S. Sixth St.
n Estherville News, 10 N. Seventh St.
This is an excellent project, and one that’s needed right here in our own community. By breaking the cycle of poverty — and hunger — we can help lift up these children so they can become productive members of society.
It’s important. It’s timely. And it’s a problem that has to be solved — now.