Thanks to a $3,000 grant from the Outer Banks Community Foundation, the weekend and holiday meal bags are being delivered to participating area schools in a trailer. Each week volunteers from more than 16 community groups pack the meal bags (two breakfasts, two lunches, two snacks), which are then specially wrapped and rolled into the trailer. With the significant increase of 40 percent in the number of children eligible to participate in the Food for Thought program since school year 2007-08, the new trailer has made distribution more efficient and easier for the volunteers.
Food for Thought, an all-volunteer non-profit organization, is unique to the area and provides healthy non-perishable breakfasts and lunches for more than 560 pre-school, elementary and some secondary youth who qualify for federal free or reduced lunch programs in Dare County every weekend and holiday during the school year. Last summer they initiated the first area summer weekend feeding program in partnership with the YMCA. For more information about volunteering or contributing, contact Helen Ford, 252-261-3241.