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Food for Thought program continuing

Friday, October 19, 2012

A check for $22,000 has been presented to the Ozarks Food Harvest to continue the Food for Thought backpack program for children in the Monett R-1 School District. Shown, from left, are, Food for Thought packers Jo Stair, Phyllis Whitley, Ron Stair, Wilma Davis, Sharon Bandy and Ken Bandy, program coordinator for First Christian Church, presenting the check to Leslie Henry, Food for Thought coordinator with the school district, and Terra Lamb with Ozarks Food Harvest. Fundraising is continuing to expand the number of children served in 2013. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff] [Order this photo]
A check for $22,000 has been presented to the Ozarks Food Harvest to continue the Food For Thought backpack program in the Monett R-1 School District into the 2013-14 school year.

Terra Lamb, community outreach coordinator for Ozarks Food Harvest, accepted the donation.

According to local organizers of the program, fundraising is continuing and may reach more children by January 2013.

The Food for Thought program was the first in the bi-county area to send backpacks of food home with children from financially stressed families on weekends. The goal has been to provide enough food for the children to support their learning.

The program was initially launched by the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Monett, through the leadership of Geneva Blue in 2008. The church committed to raising $24,000 for three years to provide food for 24 children.

With the help of the individuals and organizations in the Monett community, enough money was raised to supply backpacks of food for 24 additional students in 2010. Presently 48 students on the three elementary and intermediate campuses in the Monett R-1 District receive the service.

"With great support from the community, we think there will be enough money to commit to another 24 backpacks each week at the beginning of 2013," said a spokesperson with the First Christian Church, which continues to coordinate the service. "With this, there will be 72 backpacks sent home with children each week."

Donations and pledges continue to be accepted for the program. Support has been provided by other Monett churches and corporations, as well as individuals.

" Thanks to the Ozarks Food Harvest for their help in providing their support with the Monett community for this backpack program, we will now be able to help with the hunger for our children," the church spokesperson added.

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