Annual “Summer Kids” Pledge Drive Underway,
Feinstein Foundation Challenge Going Strong
Spring is a busy time of year for the Mount Vernon Food Pantry, as preparations for summer are in full swing. Each year, when school jumps into their summer break, the food pantry starts filling in for the lack of meals provided by the free and reduced lunch program. The food pantry provides food to qualified school-aged children every other week during the entire summer.
The food distributed is enough to feed up to two children breakfast and lunch for up to two weeks. Parents may come every other week and get these bags of food, which consist of several items that kids can easily make on their own. Some examples are hot dogs, cereal, oatmeal, spaghettios, canned fruits, drink mixes, cookies and bread, plus more. It is a great program, that helps supplement a family’s pantry during the weeks their children are not receiving their breakfast and lunches at school.
But in order to make this all happen, the Mount Vernon Food Pantry must collect funds in addition to its regular donations. The food pantry cannot allocate normal funds to a special program, causing normal operations to suffer. Therefore, we are asking the community’s help in making their program a reality again this year.
If you are interested in making a donation to the Summer Kids program, simply send your donation to the Mount Vernon Food Pantry, P.O. Box 228, Mt. Vernon, IN 47620. Be sure to write “Summer Kids” in the memo field, or include a note allocating the funds to the program. For a $150 donation, you can feed up to two youngsters for the entire summer. For a $15 donation, you can fill a bag with food for those same two kids. It doesn’t take a lot to make a big difference. The families who receive these donations are always very grateful and say it is a huge help to them over the summer months.
The Mount Vernon Food Pantry will need to receive approximately $2000 to make the program a reality. The Pantry would need approximately $500 more to make it happen with an added gallon of milk to accompany those bags.
March and April are great months to donate to the Summer Kids fund, or to donated to the general food fund for the pantry. Why? It is Feinstein Foundation challenge time. All food and monetary donations brought in during the months of March and April are counted up and submitted to the foundation. Once all participating agencies submit their reports, the foundation sends a check, no strings attached. Last year, the Mount Vernon Food Pantry gained nearly $400 in additional funds simply by reporting the donations for these two months. The rules are simple, dollars count as dollars, and food donations count as $1 per item, or $1 per pound. It is as simple as that.
This is a wonderful time to donate, and also have your donation count toward additional funds. You may bring food donations to the pantry, and donate funds at the pantry, by mail, or by donating on our website,www.mvfoodpantry.org. Be sure to put “Feinstein Foundation” in your memo area, or on a separate note included.
As always, the Mount Vernon Food Pantry appreciates the community’s help in fighting hunger in Posey County. The Pantry could not do the job without the support of local individuals, businesses, schools, churches, organizations and groups in this generous community.
Annual “Summer Kids” Pledge Drive Underway,
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