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LETTER TO THE EDITOR| Help us feed the brain
To the editor:
As you may or may not know, the Whidbey Island Nourishes (WIN) program is currently making lunches for 82 youths on South Whidbey.
The WIN program has recently expanded its reach to even more children on South Whidbey. Beginning in January, after the Christmas break, volunteers began making weekend lunches for some of the children at the elementary school.
A survey was sent to all families with children attending the school to see if they were already part of the free or assisted lunch program, and if they would like to have lunches sent home with their kids on Fridays. These are the folks who we are trying to reach so the children are guaranteed a nutritious lunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
The elementary school program is currently making lunches for 33 children. The lunches are large, so there will be snacks left over for other times of the day. We stress protein since that is one of the pricier food groups. Each lunch contains a meat and cheese sandwich, yogurt, string cheese, trail mix, eight ounces of fresh fruit salad, vegetable sticks, and a muffin or nutrition bar.
So far we have received a very positive response from the families, and we would welcome any feedback from those receiving the lunches.
We make these lunches in the kitchen at the Good Cheer Food Bank. Cooking for this group is on Fridays, unless there is no school on Friday, in which case we cook on Thursday.
In addition, we still cook on Thursdays at the Middle School to provide lunches for distribution at Island Coffee House and the food bank for others in need.
If you would like to get in on the fun of cooking together, you can contact Victory at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, check out our Web site at www.whidbeyislandnourishes.com.
Although we are part of Good Cheer, our program is funded by the community, and donations are tax deductible.Donations are greatly appreciated and can be mailed to: WIN, PO Box 1642, Langley, WA 98260.