Lunches are a staple for students at every Moose Jaw school and that’s where Hunger in Moose Jaw comes in.
The non-profit, community based organization provides lunches for approximately 300 kids every day of the school year. Without the “I Bought a Lunch” campaign – in support of their Child Nutrition Program – Hunger in Moose Jaw would be hard pressed to feed so many hungry mouths.
The fourth annual campaign will kick off on Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Superstore. The 50-day campaign will last until Dec. 14 and once again executive director Carol Acton is hoping donations top the $50,000 barrier.
“The citizens of Moose Jaw and the businesses have stepped up to make sure we have enough resources to look after the kids,” Acton said. “When people realize it’s that big a deal they step up and make donations.”
Last year the campaign raised more than $53,000. That money was used to provide more than 50,000 lunches to students in both the Prairies School South Division and the Holy Trinity Catholic School division.
“It would be nice to raise more, but really $50,000 is what we need,” noted Acton. “If we happen to raise more than that would be wonderful.”
While most of the lunches provided are primarily for elementary students, Acton noted that lunches are also provided to high schools that make requests.
The demand for lunches reached an all-time high last June when Hunger in Moose Jaw was providing 360 lunches a day for students. Acton doesn’t expect the demand to slow down and that’s why the “I Bought a Lunch” campaign is so important for the organization.
“As the demand grows the costs increase,” said Acton.
Admittedly, the program is a costly one, but she noted that the benefits are tangible – roughly $80,000 of the $125,000 Hunger in Moose Jaw spends on food goes toward the Child Nutrition Program.
Donations can be made at the Times-Herald, Winmar Industries, YARA Belle Plaine, RBC Main Branch, Boston Pizza and Conexus Credit Union locations.
Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks