Western Carolina University students, faculty and staff donated more than 400 pounds of food items to the Jackson County Food for Kids program.
The donation was made this week to Community Table, a Sylva-based nonprofit organization, as part of a WCU Homecoming community service project.
“Members of the campus community were very responsive,” said Glenn Bowen, director of service learning. “Students, as well as faculty and staff, obviously understand the importance of addressing health risks associated with obesity in children. We collected highly nutritious foods, which will help to foster healthy eating habits in children.”
The Community Table recently launched the Food for Kids program to provide nutritious meals on weekends to children of Jackson County.
“The program's goal is to serve children who do not have adequate access to food on the weekend and who might otherwise go hungry,” said Christina Smith, executive director of the Community Table.
The program will initially support about 40 children at Smokey Mountain Elementary School. Each weekend they will receive backpacks containing breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack items.
Marty Ramsey, co-chairman of the WCU Homecoming Committee, presented the donation to Kay Turpin, chairman of the Community Table board of directors.
For more information about service learning opportunities, contact Glenn Bowen at (828) 227-7184.
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