Addison Pacesetters Learn About "Sack Summer Hunger" at Dunn Bros.
Addison Pacesetters (Addison, Texas residents 50+ years of age) meet the first Wednesday of each month at Dunn Bros. on Belt Line Road and learn about the Town of Addison. This month, Nicole Newkham spoke to us. She is the Director of Volunteers and Special Programs at Metrocrest Social Services (MSS).
Here are some interesting tidbits from Nicole's presentation:
- She worked for the Town of Addison for 4 years in the Special Events department before moving to MSS.
- 62% of children receive free or reduced price breakfasts and/or lunches at schools in the North Texas area. When school is out for the summer, these children may go hungry.
- Sack Summer Hunger is a pilot program of MSS in conjunction with area churches.
- Once a week, youngsters will receive a bag full of nutritious, easy-to-prepare food. Contents will include breakfast, lunch and snacks.
- The goal is to provide for 500-600 kids for 8 out of the 12 weeks of summer vacation.
- A $5 donation will feed one child for a week; $10 will feed two children.
- Some of the produce will come from the Addison community gardens.
- The budget for this project is $40,000 and $25,000 has already been raised.
- Volunteers are needed to repackage produce, deliver sacks, and staff pick-up locations.
If you'd like to volunteer or make a donation to the Sack Summer Hunger program, contact Nicole at MSS: 972-446-2100. www.metrocrestsocialservices.org.
Next month, the first Wednesday is June 5th. Come out and join the Addison Pacesetters at Dunn Bros.