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Rotary Clubs launch Feed Our Children project

The Pagosa Springs Rotary Clubs have started a new service project this year, called Feed Our Children.

The goal is to provide some additional food for elementary school children over the weekends during the school year.

With a majority of our elementary children eligible for the reduced or free lunch program, there is a need to help families provide for children’s meals over the weekends.

Families choose to participate based on application to the program. The Feed Our Children project provides backpacks on Fridays full of “kid-friendly” food for the weekend. The Rotary Clubs fill the packs based on the number of children in each family. Students return the empty packs on Mondays, and the packs are refilled and distributed at the end of the week.

For the next couple of weeks several businesses and offices are helping the Rotary Clubs collect appropriate food for the children. Look for boxes in the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association temporary office, located on Eaton Drive behind City Market, the PLPOA Recreation Center, City Market, Galles Realty downtown, the Pagosa Fire Protection District business office on North Pagosa Boulevard, Old Town Market and the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office.

Kid-friendly foods are things that a child could prepare in a pinch (microwavable, individual servings) and that appeal to elementary age youngsters. Examples would be peanut butter and jelly (in plastic jars because of the weight and safety concerns), fruit cups, oranges, apples, macaroni and cheese, tuna, Cup of Soup, Ramen, individual cereals, oatmeal, raisins, peanut butter crackers, real juice and canned spaghetti or ravioli.

If you are interested in pitching in to help, please look for these boxes or contact any Rotarian.

Also, if you would like to participate financially, the noon Rotary Club has a special account for this project. Checks should be made out to Feed Our Children and mailed to Lassie Olin, 461 Dutton Drive, Pagosa Springs CO 81147.

This effort is being undertaken to complement the outstanding work of local food banks. Unfortunately, hunger is a sad reality in this community and this project is focused on just one element; but, together, we can make a difference in the lives of our children.

We hope to expand this effort in the future to reach more children.

If you have any questions, contact Lassie Olin at 731-2927 or Jo Bridges at 731-0038.

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