by Pam Raley
Want to make a real difference to Dover’s children, right now? You can do it through our local End 68 Hours of Hunger program where your contribution of a can of tuna or a jar of peanut butter is the difference between healthy food or a growling stomach for some local children over the weekend. The program coordinates with the Dover School System to send bags of food home on Friday afternoons with children identified by school nurses. The “68 Hours” is the time between Friday evening and Monday morning when eligible children are most at risk of being hungry. The children often participate in their school’s breakfast and lunch programs.
The first food collection of the new school year will be on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 am to 12pm at St. John’s Church on Cataract Ave, Dover. Collections are at this location and time each Saturday. A list of the needed foods is below. Every can, jar or box of food makes a difference. Items needed are:
· Peanut Butter – 18 oz plastic
· Saltines / Graham Crackers
· Canned Beef Stew
· Canned Pasta – Beefaroni, Ravioli
· Canned Soup – 12-20 oz size
· Hormel Complete Meals
· Macaroni and Cheese
· Fruit Cups – 4 pack
· Granola Bars/Nutrition Bars
· Instant Flavored Rice or Noodles
· Instant Flavored Potatoes
· Tuna or Chicken or Pulled Pork – 10 oz or smaller cans
· Instant Oatmeal individual packets
· Pudding Cups – 4 pack
Dover Democrats has been actively supporting End 68 Hours for several years, through individual donations and by hosting the Saturday donation site regularly each month. We hope you will join us at this critical time for vulnerable children and families in Dover. If you are interested in being part of a host group, contact Dover Democrats.
For a video compilation of photos of Dover Dems volunteers collecting and packing food items for End 68 Hours see: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AFlZjjb31xxvCpH7rW_ztPO680zmXnIK/view?usp=sharing
Kathleen Letellier took the photos and created the video. Kathleen is on the Communications Team and photographs most of our Action Group and Ward events.
Pam is a dedicated member of Dover Democrats who rolls up her shirt sleeves for many of our Action Group projects. She is a former member of the Executive Committee.