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Local Impact on Childhood Hunger

Childhood hunger is a global and national concern. It is important not to forget that childhood hunger has reached into our communities as well. Insufficient nutrition for children means health problems that prevent them from going to school and has a negative effect on a child’s overall mental and physical health. End 68 Hours of Hunger is a local organization with a focus on the 68 hours from the last lunch at school on Friday until Monday when a child goes back to school.

In 2011 Clair Bloom, author of “End 68 Hours of Hunger: Ending Childhood Hunger in America, One School at a Time” founded the organization in New Hampshire. A few years later, Dina Call and sister Renee Roy did some research. They found that there are hungry kids in our district and started the Sacopee Valley Chapter of End 68 Hours of Hunger.

The organization is 100% run by volunteers, and all donations go directly to kid’s lunches. These volunteers pack lunches weekly and send kids home with bags that contain: 3 dinners, 3 lunches, 3 breakfast, snacks, and a juice box. It costs $40 a month to feed a child, as each bag is $10. The organization depends solely on donations and the work of the volunteers. They accept donations year round, but next Monday, March 11th, you can contribute by attending a silent auction at Bay Haven Restaurant in Cornish. Some of the exciting prizes include Red Sox & Patriots tickets and merchandise donated by local businesses.

When: Monday, March 11, 2019 - 4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Where: Bay Haven Restaurant

101 Maple St

Cornish, ME 04020


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