On June 13, members of the Yadkin Valley Rotary Club joined Tri-County Christian Crisis Ministries (Tri-C) to help feed children at Elkin Elementary School through the Feed The Elks program.
Rotarians packed boxes with food purchased with assistance from donations by the Elkin First United Methodist Church and the Captain Mark Garner Post 7794 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Organized and facilitated by school counselor Paige Edwards, the program is intended to feed seven families, which include 16 children for the 10 weeks of summer break.
Heather Macy, director of Tri-C, yearly expresses concern for student nutrition when children are not in school.
“A lot of these kids only get a decent meal when they go to school,” said Macy, noting school break is a time when pantries are most in need of items kids can fix for themselves.
“There is a need in the middle school as well,” said Steve Wells.
With continued generosity, the Rotarians hope to expand the program next year.
“One outstanding element beyond helping families at risk of hunger is the financial support of three separate organizations coming together and joining hands with Tri-C and our local public school,” said Ron Ashman. “It shows we stand up for community coordination to make people’s lives better in the Yadkin Valley.”
For more information on Feed The Elks, contact the Yadkin Valley Rotary at yadkinvalleyrotary.org.