In its fifth year of operation, the Food for Thought program provided by the students of Delta Opportunity School is battling increasing demand due to an increase in local hunger and a greater need.
On average, Food for Thought, the weekend feeding program for children in Delta and Cedaredge, has served 175 students per week.
However, this year they are fundraising, buying and filling 229 backpacks per week. The increase of 54 backpacks costs an average of $200 per week more than what has been the case in the past four years of the program. The backpacks include two breakfast items, two meal items and a snack to provide supplemental food for a child on the weekend. It is an opt-in program for families. Due to tough economic conditions in our communities, more families are taking advantage of the program.
"We want to continue to serve the need in our community, but with rising food costs and now 229 backpacks per week, our expenses are high. We are constantly working on ways to raise money, have food drives, and write grants. Any ideas, food or donations the community can offer would be greatly appreciated," said Willyn Webb, director of the program.
This is a win-win program of helping local students have the peace of mind in knowing they will have food on the weekends and the nutrition they need to learn, and the character education of all involved. It costs about $150 per child for the school year. Expenses run $3500 per month. Please consider sponsoring a child for the year or taking care of all the children for one week, or making a month of food possible and keeping children in our local community from going hungry on the weekends by sending your tax-deductible donations to Delta Opportunity School, 360 East 8th Street, Delta, CO 81416. Call 874-2753 or 250-8636 with fundraising opportunities, work students can do for donations, speaking or presentation possibilities, questions or ideas. Thank you for caring about our local kids, their needs, and their education.blog comments powered by Disqus