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Bravo to volunteers for Kids Against Hunger event

The Jamestown Sun hands out these bravos and a buffalo chip this week:

* Bravo to the volunteers who helped package more than 200,000 meals for the Kids Against Hunger event sponsored by the Kiwanis Club last weekend. Hundreds of volunteers came to the Buffalo Mall April 5 to assemble supplies into nutritious meals that will be distributed to the hungry.

* Bravo to the recent record-breaking military flight that originated from Grand Forks Air Force Base. Using a Global Hawk from GFAFB during the weekend of March 29, the crew flew for 34.3 hours without stopping. It was the longest flight by a military aircraft without aerial refueling and the longest by an all-female crew, the base said. The previous record was 33.1 hours for a crew of any gender and 18 hours for an all-female crew.

* Bravo to the expansion of the Daily Bread – Jamestown program. State certified kitchens at Ave Maria Village, the University of Jamestown and Jamestown Regional Medical Center are saving leftover food that would normally be thrown out and freezing it so others may eat it. RSVP+ is helping get the food from the donors to distribution sites at the Salvation Army, James River Senior and Community Center, Community Action and Jamestown Head Start. Anyone in need can pick up the food at those distribution sites at no cost.

* Bravo to Gate City Bank Corp. for paying the membership dues for Ave Maria Village to be in Senior Crimestoppers, a nationwide program aimed at deterring theft and other crimes against the elderly and staff who care for them in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, independent-living communities, government housing and veterans’ homes. Ave Maria CEO Tim Burchill said the facility does not have a problem with crime, but being part of the program will be a deterrent against such activity.

* Bravo to North Dakota ranking first in how it runs elections, according to a study by The Pew Charitable Trusts. This is the second year in a row that the state ranked first in Pew’s Elections Performance Index, which looked at 17 indicators to determine the ranking. The study was based on the 2012 election.

* Buffalo chip to rising food costs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that food costs are expected to increase between 2.5 and 3.5 percent this year, compared to 1.4 percent last year. Weather and transportation costs are among the reasons why. The bureau expects beef, poultry, seafood and egg prices to increase 3 to 4 percent, while fruit and vegetables could increase from 2.5 to 3.5 percent.

(Editorials are the opinion of Jamestown Sun management and the newspaper’s editorial board)