Blessing boxes

Blessing boxes are scattered throughout Vinton County: this one is at Ebenezer Church near Creola.

Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, June 12 newspaper on Page A1.

McARTHUR — There are multiple summer feeding initiatives offered to children and adults alike throughout Vinton County.

The Vinton County Local School District, with the help of the Children’s Hunger Alliance, is hosting a feeding at the high school that will run from June 4 through Aug. 10. Meal times are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meals are free to all ages from 1 to 18 years. Staff should be alerted to any allergies the child may have before they are served food.

Blessing boxes, an initiative of Project Feed-VC, will also be stocked with perishable food items throughout the summer and beyond. These communal, outdoor food pantries are located all around the county:

  • Four in McArthur:
  • In front of the Job and Family Services office; in front of Hammond Insurance; at Wyman Park; and at the church across from the fairgrounds
  • One in Hamden:
  • at the side of the post office building
  • One in Allensville:
  • at Allensville Christian Church in front of West Elementary
  • One in Zaleski:
  • the location moves around to several locations.
  • One in the Creola area:
  • in front of Ebenezer Church
  • One in Wilkesville:
  • in front of the old fire station

The items inside each box are donated by the public, and many of the boxes have local sponsors. Project Feed-VC accepts non-perishable food items, toiletries and pet food.

Recently, Piper Remy of the VC Peanut Butter and Jelly summer program collected peanut butter and jelly jars to distribute to students in the school district enrolled in Project Backpack. Remy decided to donate the jars of peanut butter and jelly to Project Feed-VC. These jars are now located at Hammond Insurance.

Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library will provide lunches to children on Mondays immediately following the summer reading program that begins at 10:30 a.m. Meals will be served through July 8. For more information, call the library at 740-596-5691.

Valley Friends Church, located off of Route 50 next to the Boblett Cemetery in Ratcliffburg, is also hosting a meal box giveaway. Those interested should come to the church on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until noon to sign up to receive food for the following Saturday. Food boxes must be picked up the day of distribution. The church requires neither forms of identification nor proof of income to receive food.

COAD/RSVP is partnering with St. Francis Outreach Center to deliver meals to children in the county.

Students in the VCLSD received forms during the school year to enroll in the program. The program will begin the week of June 10 and conclude on August 16. COAD/RSVP will distribute meals primarily in the southern end of the county and around Allensville, while St. Francis will distribute in the central and northern areas and around Zaleski.

Children will receive two breakfasts and nine lunches each week, for nine weeks, to consume at home. Each food box will also contain shelf-stable milk. All food in the box is also shelf-stable.; @sydneydawes_95

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