Willyn Webb, executive director of Vision Charter Academy and leader of the Food for Thought program, recently updated State Farm agents on the "kids feeding kids" program in Delta County schools.
Food for Thought is a two-time recipient of the State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant of $25,000, for a total of $50,000.
"The State Farm grants came in at critical transition times for Food for Thought and made the difference in the sustainability of the program," Webb said during her presentation.
"Food for Thought has provided a service learning experience teaching compassion, service, money management, public speaking, nutrition, fundraising and organization to many learners while feeding an average of 300 kids per weekends of the school year for the past nine years," Webb said.
"We cannot thank State Farm enough for their continued support. All of the character development and hunger relief continued due in a huge part to State Farm. The entire community thanks you!"
Agents presented Webb with bags of food donations and State Farm public affairs specialist Tamara Pachl presented a $500 check to Food for Thought on behalf of State Farm.
Food for Thought has applied for another Neighborhood Assist Grant and will find out if it "made the cut" from 2,000 entries to the top 200 causes in the nation on Aug. 15. Now that weekend feeding programs are more common, it is more difficult to get to the voting stage. Please consider donating to the cause at Vision Charter Academy-Food for Thought, 1080 Pioneer Road, Delta, CO 81416 to keep it going!
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.