By: Darcie DyerStaff Writer
September 24, 2012
Elkin Elementary School has started their year-long “Feed the Elks” hunger initiative program for needy children who may not have enough food to eat over the weekend.
“It is a program where we send home food for the students in need for Saturday and Sunday,” said Beth Payne, Elkin Elementary School guidance counselor. “We make sure to sent home kid-friendly, non-perishable items.”
There are currently 14 students who are receiving the bagged food for the weekends.
“There is no real criteria to qualify,” said Payne. “The teachers know their kids and know the kids who come without snacks and seem hungrier than other students, and a lot of time I talk to the kids and see if they think their family could benefit from the program. I send a slip home to their parents and see if they have any food allergies, and we don’t send the food packages without permission.”
The food students are sent home with includes two breakfast items, two lunch items, two fruits, two snack foods and two drink boxes. The students bring their bags back on the following Monday and they are re-filled to be sent home again each Friday.
Payne said the items that they are not getting enough of are breakfast and lunch items. She suggested Nutri-Grain bars or pop-tarts for breakfast and microwavable Chef Boyardee meals or mac and cheese for lunch.
Elkin Elementary School is taking donations from the community to help feed the children. Non-perishable, kid-friendly items can be taken to Elkin High School or if a church or organization has collected a large amount, contact Elkin Elementary School and someone will come by and pick up the donation.
In reference to the recent charge of a Ronda man falsely collecting money on behalf of the “Feed the Elks” program, Payne said, “any kind of fund raising we’ve done this far has all been in-house, we have no asked people to go out and raise money and the donations we have asked for are for non perishable, kid-friendly items. We have taken monetary donations but that is not what we’re asking for. The majority of our program is funded by food donations.”
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