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As we pause to reflect and give thanks this season, we at Great Northern are grateful to you for helping us help struggling families feed their children this year.
More than 30% of children in our Siskiyou County community do not have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Many families rely on free and reduced price school lunches to make sure their children have a good midday meal, which means children are most at risk of going hungry during the summer when school is not in session.
Our Summer Lunch Program closed that gap this year. We served free lunches to children and teens 18 years old and younger every weekday, all summer long, at Bel Air Park in Weed – 1,129 meals in all. Lunches featured healthy and tasty entrees such as chicken Caesar wraps and chef’s salad complemented by a variety of fruit and vegetable sides, with milk to drink. Along with lunch, the teens and children enjoyed prize drawings, activities, and a variety of guests from the Weed branch library, Siskiyou Domestic Violence, various youth groups, Cal Fire and the Weed Fire Dept.
You helped make that possible! And on December 1, 2015, you have a unique opportunity to help Great Northern help others in our community during the online donation challenge event, “North State Giving Tuesday,” organized by the Shasta Regional Community Foundation.
Go to www.northstategives.org between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on December 1 to make a gift. Your dollars will go further during this one day event thanks to an incentive of $75,000 donated by the Shasta Regional Community Foundation’s Knodel Family Foundation Fund and to be shared among the participating nonprofit organizations.