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Kiwanis donates money to backpack program, milk fund

Kiwanis members recently presented a check to Community Action and Jamestown Public Schools for the backpack program and milk fund, respectively. Submitted photo

Kiwanis President Janna Bergstedt introduced Lisa Harris from Community Action and Shelly Mack, the food service director and dietitian for Jamestown Public Schools.

Community Action is an umbrella for all the programs that serves people with lower incomes. The backpack program affects 82 households and 109 children. The agency drops the backpacks off on Thursday at the schools and picks them back up to refill on Monday. The children then have food to eat on the weekends. It costs $10 to $15 for each backpack.

The milk program provides milk to 155 kids who would otherwise not have milk every day. Food Service takes a loss on this program. It is a self-sustained program.

Kiwanis gave Harris a $5,000 check and Mack a $1,000 check from an anonymous Kiwanis donor. Community Action also received a gift of $250 from Kiwanis to help with boots and coats for children in need.

This meeting was a “Skip-A-Meal” where members donated the amount that a meal would cost and the proceeds go to the Kiwanis International Foundation to help it extend its Kiwanis impact to children at home and around the world.

Kiwanis Pancake Day is on Monday, so there will be no meeting on that day. Everyone is welcome to come to the pancake feed. Tickets can be bought from any Kiwanis member or at the door.

May 12 will be Highway Clean Up Day after the noon luncheon meeting at the Legacy Center.