Programs need donations to help children
It is hard to believe that in our own back yards there are people who go to bed hungry.
But that is exactly what Salvation Army Hemet Corps officers Tammy and Tony Poe found out last school year. That is why they launched the Salvation Army Meal Nutritious Weekend Meal program for students at local schools.
“The weekend meal is a great help with food cost,” said Lt. Tammy Poe. “We do not know why children in our community are hungry. Regardless of the reason, the fact is that we do have children who are victims.”
The center is seeking to fill the needs of at least 200 schoolchildren who attend schools in Hemet and San Jacinto, she said. The n michael kors bag eedy students are identified by school nurse and teachers, Poe said.
“The principal at Jacob Wiens (Elementary School in Hemet) reported that child michael kors bag ren within three weeks were more attentive during class time,” Poe said. “This is huge.”
The pilot program, which began at the end of last school year, served 57 children, she said. She hopes the amount of volunteers and finances can grow to serve many more, since the need is so great.
Volunteers gather at the Pearl E. Rogers Community Center on Thursdays to bag nonperishable food items to constitute two breakfasts, two lunches and two snacks to get children through the weekend. staff,” Poe said.
The breakfasts usually are oatmeal (packets), cold cereal or cereal bars. Lunch is macaroni and cheese, cann michael kors bag ed Vienna sausages, instant soup cups, ramen noodles or a canned meal such as Spaghetti Os. Snacks can be pudding cups, apple sauce or other fruit cups, cookies, granola bars and hardy fruits such as apples or oranges. Boxed or powdered milk also is welcome.
Sponsorships are available for $24 per month to feed a child through each weekend, $96 for four months of weekend meals or $240 to feed a student for an entire school year.
For more information about donating, call 951 791 9497.
ARMED SERVICE YMCA NEEDS DONATIONS
VFW Desert Edge Post 233 Commander David Tedrow recently returned from the Marine Corps base in Twentynine Palms with some disturbing news.
“He was told their Armed Services YMCA food pantry is almost out of food,” said Ernie Hernandez, a member of the Beaumont post. “The food that is usually on hand is used to supplement service members and their families that are stationed there.”
Many service members have had one of their monthly allowances cut, namely combat pay.
“Our post makes regular visits to deliver donated household goods and small furniture items almost every week or so,” Hernandez said. “We need non perishable food or monetary donations.”
The “Thank You for Your Service” program provides gift cards that help soldiers purchase perishable items, Tedrow said.
The nonprofit Armed Services YMCA provides educational, recreational, social and spiritual programs to military members and their families. The Twentynine P michael kors bag alms facility was established in 1992 and does not duplicate any benefits, resources or services provided by the military or any other organization on the Marine base. It does not receive any government funding.
VFW Post 233 is at 450 E. Fourth St. in Beaumont. Monday, Wednesday and Friday to receive donations.