Hungry children & Project SEED |

Hungry children & Project SEED

Thank you for the article “Summer meal programs strive to feed the need” (June 9).

Many children in our communities do not have enough to eat; many basically go without food outside of the school breakfast and lunch program. Weekends and school vacations are difficult times for them.

Knowing this, I got involved in a local effort to alleviate that situation — Project SEED (Something to Eat Every Day) — and I’ve volunteered for it since its inception in September. Project SEED provides a bag of food to these children each Friday at school so they have something to eat on the weekends.

I am one of about 25 volunteers at the New Kensington Senior Citizen Center packing bags of food. I’ve watched Project SEED co-founders Joanne Cecchi and Ruth Carson fundraise, shop, organize and manage the program, which feeds an average of 146 children every week.

These ladies, both retired educators from the New Kensington-Arnold School District, have dedicated themselves to this project. Because of their commitment to “use every dollar donated to buy food for children,” they assumed all start-up and operational costs. The community also has been very generous with financial donations, providing enough money to buy the necessary groceries every week.

I applaud this program and its co-founders for doing something about a serious problem. I am very proud to be involved as a regular volunteer — it’s by far the most rewarding thing I do each week.

Congratulations, Project SEED, on a very successful year one!

And thanks, VND, for the article listing the locations of summer meal programs. We hope all of the children we served this school year register for summer programs and continue to have something to eat every day.

Diane Bassett

New Kensington

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