To The Daily Sun,
I take such offense to the letter to the editor by Warren P. Murphy of Laconia that was published in The Sun on January 14. He bashed our Meals For Kids Program at the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region.
How shallow of you, Warren, to not see the need to take care of our local "kids" in every possible way. The club provides a "Positive Place for Kids" on a daily basis. We have been in existence for well over 10 years, scratching to establish our club. We have struggled to keep the doors open for our community kids, to provide homework assistance, guidance, activities to keep them amused and also teach them team building skills in sports and games, and to KEEP THEM SAFE. We diligently addressed all these issues, but until merging two years ago with our Concord club, we barely could keep going. We (our 17 MEMBER LOCAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS), along with other community members, had to beg, borrow, and plead to keep the club and dream alive. We opened our hearts and check books and had only one other goal to secure, which would be feeding "our kids" with a hot and nutritious dinner every night we are open.
If you were mislead by the article, YES, the federal government does subsidize this program to allow us to nourish the children of our community. What a blessed life you must lead to not understand hunger in our community. I am a proud founder of this club and am there weekly to participate with these kids educationally and then go serve food in our newly donated, commercial kitchen — which did not take a nickle out of your tax pocket. The entire kitchen was donated by The Roy Foundation in honor of their mother and by T-Bones restaurant.
The FOOD PANTRY gladly provides food to this program because our need qualifies. I talk on a bi-weekly basis at the club to educate anyone willing to listen to the impact this new food program has made. "I'll have everything" is the request we receive by our kids and they are welcome to come back for seconds, if they feel the need. We are building our community from age 6 and UP and a "hot meal on their table" is not always possible.
Your words may have 'shamed" one of our children or their family member by tagging this a "public welfare" program. I invite you to come see our kids at the club and help serve in our kitchen to see their beautiful faces and ask yourself, how many of these kids possibly would have gone hungry tonight? Our chief of police, Chris Adams, is on our board because he knows first hand the need to save our kids in any way we can to make them strong and confident and well-nourished and OFF THE STREETS. How could you take such a disgraceful stand?
Barbara E. Leone
Founder & Advisory Board Member
The Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region
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