Kidz Eatz Meal Program Growing in Yankeetown

Did you know that…according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 15.9 million children under 18 live in households where they are unable to consistently access nutritious food necessary for a healthy life. In other words, we have children in our own country who go hungry. In 2014 the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club realized that many of the students at Yankeetown School were returning to school hungry Monday morning. Due to a myriad of reasons they didn’t have access to food over the weekend. Kids in our own community were part of the USDA statistics, 1 in 5 were not eating on weekends. This was unacceptable and we needed to “Make It Better”! We formalized the program with a name, a pantry and volunteers to package food for the kids to take home. Kidz Eatz Weekend Meal Program became a reality and community member Chris Fineout accepted the challenge of coordinating the unbelievable outpouring of support from the communities of Yankeetown and Inglis. Three years ago the cost to provide seven meals and snacks for one student for the school year was $150 and we were feeding 20 kids. Today both numbers have grown. We now provide food to 30 students at the staggering cost of $325 each! Once again when the Woman’s Club reached out for help to cover increased food costs, our neighbors and community businesses came to the rescue. When presented with the statistics concerning our own kids, many of them made substantial donations to keep the Kidz Eatz Weekend Meal Program going. This all volunteer endeavor is asking for help from our neighbors once again. You can purchase items on our food list for a month or a year; you can make a monetary donation and we’ll purchase the needed items for you; you can volunteer to help pack the food each week or volunteer to shop for items not donated. It's your choice. But know that anything you choose to do will directly impact the life of a child and certainly your own. Contact Chris Fineout at 352-586- 3415 or email the Woman’s Club at yiwomansclub@gmail.com for all the details on what food items are needed or where your talents can be used best. We thank our community neighbors for allowing the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club to be the conduit for “Making It Better” in our towns. Together lets HELP keep Yankeetown School from the USDA statistics and let NO child go hungry!

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    August 3 @ 1:00 pm - October 26 @ 4:00 pm
  2. Shoes and Socks for Needy Children

    August 10 @ 8:00 am - September 11 @ 5:00 pm
  3. Town Hall Meeting, Aug. 17, Beverly Hills

    August 17 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
  4. Summer Music at the Museum Concert Series

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