According to the Feeding America Foundation, there are approximately 14,240 people in Scioto County facing food insecurity. While there are programs and food banks offering assistance, many families are still unsure where their next meal is coming from.
River days candidate, Miss South Webster 2017, Grace Hardin, has made it her mission to make sure that families in South Webster no longer slip through the cracks and go hungry. Hardin will be hosting a food give-away May 27 at the South Webster-Bloom Township Fire Department, 443 North Jackson Street in South Webster.
“My mom worked at the school, she said kids constantly asked ‘when are we going to breakfast?,’ ‘when are we going to lunch?’ And it broke my heart realizing that’s the only meal they might get or they may go to bed hungry,” explained Hardin. “It’s so sad to think that I don’t have to worry about going to bed with a full belly and there are some kids who don’t have that pleasure. I just wanted to make a tiny difference.”
Currently, there are 103 students at South Webster Elementary alone that receive help with weekend meals. The Steven A. Hunter Hope Fund provides the school with 60 power packs each week. Power packs contain meals that students can easily prepare by themselves over the weekend. The school sends an additional 43 packages home with students in need.
The program does not include junior high, high school students or senior citizens in the community that may need assistance.
During the event, bagged items will be distributed. Parents and their children will also receive a hot meal cooked on site. Volunteer firefighters will be showing off the fire engines and there will also be games for children and their families. Hardin says anyone who needs assistance can attend and there will be no judgment.
In the event that items are left over, Hardin will be donating them to local food pantries.
In addition to River Days, Hardin is a cheerleader, a member of Select Sound and has been involved in Honors Choir. She is also the Vice President of the Rubyville Community Church Youth Group and is actively involved in the South Webster Young Life Youth Ministry. She is also Aunt “Dace,” to her two nephews and one niece that she says she loves to spoil and spend time with.
Hardin will also be hosting a golf-scramble on June 3 at the Little Scioto Golf Course, starting at 8 a.m. Registration is $200 per team of four and registration will take place the day of the tournament.
For more information about River Days, please visit www.portsmouthriverdays.org.
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