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Moraine Township Launches Pilot Program to Feed Income-Qualified Students Over Summer Vacation

For immediate release date: June 22, 2015
Contact: Anne Flanigan Bassi, Township Supervisor, (847) 432-3240, super@morainetownship.org

Moraine Township Launches Pilot Program to Feed Income-Qualified Students Over Summer Vacation

Township Office becomes warehouse for breakfast/lunch food for students during summer vacation.

Moraine Township has launched a pilot program to provide bags of breakfast/lunch food during summer vacation to students who qualify for the federal free/reduced lunch program during the school year. The effort is made possible thanks to tremendous support and donations from the community, and partnerships with the schools,

"With one of every four elementary students in Highland Park and Highwood qualifying for the federal free/reduced lunch program, and use of the Moraine Township Food Pantry increasing, food insecurity is an unfortunate reality in our cities," notes Moraine Township Trustee Amy Zisook who is Co-Chairing the effort with Township Clerk Gail Brown.

The issue was raised last fall during a Community Leaders' Hunger Summit convened by the Township. Highland Park High School Counseling Chair Alesia Margetis noted that vacations are stressful times for students because they are not being fed at school. The Township tested the program during school vacations in December and March, and residents responded positively.

Township resident and area Realtor Marjorie Rissman is leading a group of volunteers to raise the funds to provide the food this summer. Rissman notes that "I was a single parent, but a lucky one. My kids went to camp and, unlike these children, never had to wonder when their next meal would be."

School District 112 and Highland Park High School partnered in the effort by reaching out to qualified families who were invited to "opt in" to the program. Over 225 bags will be distributed to qualified families every two weeks for the 10-seek school vacation.

For further information call Moraine Township 847-432-3240 or email super@morainetownship.org.

Moraine Township's website is www.morainetownship.org.

 

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