Local church sponsoring “Neighbors Feeding Neighbors” program

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Allison West
Staff Writer

The Bethlehem Lutheran Church, located on South Street in Ridgway, will be hosting its second annual “Neighbors Feeding Neighbors” program. This program aids in providing nutritious meals and snacks to lower income families with school-aged children in the area.
“We have the finances for this year, and a start on next year,” said Erik Hart, pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran.
Children in this program will receive a bag, stocked with eight non-perishable food-items including breakfast, lunch, snacks, canned fruits and vegetables: enough to keep a child’s belly full for the weekend. Volunteers in the program hope to “support the health and well-being of every student” involved.
Families with school-age children that have difficulties providing meals each day of the month are eligible to enroll in the program, and can opt-in and out of the program as needed.
One full year of meals costs approximately $165 per student, and the Bethlehem Lutheran Church aims to reach out to at least 40 out of 155 RASD elementary students. With the help of area residents, however, more children can be assisted throughout the year.

“Neighbors Feeding Neighbors” is a volunteer-based program, filled with individuals who take time to pack and provide food for area families in need. The program is funded through gifts, grants, and fundraisers by members and guests of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
For more information or to get involved, call 814-772-1953.