Summer Food For Kids is underway, and the Oconee Area Resource Council is impressed by the generosity of the community. OARC Director Amanda Davis said neighborhoods have conducted food drives, and children have even asked for food to donate in lieu of birthday presents. 

“Donations are always extremely helpful when community members collect specific items for the program,” said Davis. “We have a small, dedicated staff, and volunteers have always made up the backbone of OARC.”

Davis explained that volunteers help pack the weekly bags in the summer. For 10 weeks, low-income families receive a box of nutritious food, including fruits and vegetables from local farmers. Food may include cereal, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, canned vegetables, eggs, cheese and produce. The Oconee Cooperative Extension Service has provided cards with healthy recipes and information about proper food handling and storage. 

“Each child receives a book each week to keep and add to their collection,” said Davis and Lisa Royals, summer FFK coordinator. 

The children who are registered with Food for Kids usually receive free and reduced lunch during the school year and assistance from OARC on weekends. 

The Summer for Kids program was created to fill that gap when school is not in session. There is a donation tab at oconeeconnection.org, and boxes of oatmeal, peanut butter and canned chicken or tuna are some examples of items in need. For more information, email Davis at Amanda@oconeeconnection.orgor call (706) 769-4974

For more on this story, see the July 22 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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