United Way Organizes Lunches for Food-Insecure Children during Spring Break

During the week of Spring Break, March 15-20, the United Way of Franklin County Association organized free lunches for children who may not have had any other resources for food during the week off school. With more than 50% of USD 290 students enrolled in the free or reduced lunch program, it was vital to ensure these students had access to food over the Spring Break. Ottawa Strong Blessing Box took the lead and volunteered to provide lunches on Monday, Faith Lutheran followed with lunches on Tuesday, Wednesday’s lunches were provided by Grace Community Fellowship, Thursday’s lunches were delivered by Hope Anthem, Friday’s lunches came from Life Mission, and the final lunches on Saturday were assembled and delivered by the Rambling Ranchers 4-H Club. The UW set up for the lunches to be given out at the Carnegie Building from 11 am-1 pm each of those days and made sure volunteers were available to distribute them. American Eagle Outfitters Distribution Center provided hot chocolate for everyone as well as frisbees. Due to inclement weather, the turnout was low on most days, but leftover lunches were taken to first-responders, senior housing centers, and Harvesters volunteers. Thank you to all our volunteers (more than 70 for lunch assembly, delivery, and distribution!) and supporting donors to the cause.

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