To The Daily Sun,
With all the crazy things going on in this world the people of Laconia can be proud of the way this community works together, cares about one another and makes things happen.
Six years ago this community had around 67 percent of the children who qualified for free and reduced-price lunches during the school year going without nutritious food during the summer months. In that first year, with the amazing support of the Children's Auction, Kiwanis and the Laconia Rotary, somehow the vision of a small group of people came together and more than 300 children were given healthy food to eat for the summer.
Two thousand sixteen, is the sixth year of a program that has helped many children and families. This year more than 540 children — over 266 families — are receiving healthy groceries each week because of the financial and time generosity of many.
Today we want to say thank you to all those business and major donors who have made this program possible: Today we highlight Lakes Region Children's Auction, Bank of New Hampshire, and The Boston Red Sox Foundation. Without these organizations continued generous support our work would be much much harder.
Bank of New Hampshire this year gave us a $2,500 grant to help support the dairy voucher program. Lakes Region Children's Auction, through the grant application process, gave Got Lunch! Laconia $35,000 for 2016. The Children's Auction has been supporting the program since the very beginning, being critical in getting the program off the ground. This summer their grant will feed 290 children. The Boston Red Sox Foundation through a grant process donated $1,000 for the purchase of food for the program.
Of course these three organizations do not make the program happen (all by themselves). It's the support of so many individuals and other organizations pulling together to make a difference. Each week approximately 85 volunteers gather in the Congregational Church of Laconia Church Hall to pack and deliver healthy groceries to over 266 families in Laconia. All are welcome to be a part of this amazing community effort. (Monday mornings from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m.)
Got Lunch! Laconia
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