In addition to recruiting new members, our R&A Committee has been busy helping our Communities too. At the New Member Socials, attendees assembled 180 “breakfast bags” in total, that were distributed to two of our Community Partners.
The first of those was the St. Charles based Salvation Army after-school program. Pictured here are just some of the children who were the benefactors of those breakfast bags. They have 30-60 children each day participating in this program and snacks are scarce. Breakfast is so important because we know that hunger distracts kids from learning. Nutrition is an important part of literacy!
We will be doing another “project” with them in October, so watch the calendar for opportunities to participate.
The second group who received breakfast bags is Elmwood Elementary in Naperville. Elmwood provides a breakfast snack to approximately 120 students, 5 times a week so they go through about 600 breakfasts a week. They receive some funds through Naperville Education Association to provide the food, but they also rely on individuals and organizations like JLKD to assist.
We are working with this school on another opportunity to provide volunteers to stuff backpacks with healthy weekend food for these same children. Should that come to fruition, we will be adding that as a volunteer opportunity to the schedule as well. Stay tuned!