Feeding the Angels

By: Amy Kehm
By: Amy Kehm

Summer means a break from school for many Valley children. But it can also mean a break from regular meals. But one group is making sure they feed their little angels once school starts up again.

In Verona Friday, there were cherries, M&M's, and cookie crumbles on display. The items were for the sundaes!

Taysha Patterson, of Verona's Edward Jones Investments, explained, "We decided to do an ice-cream social. We thought a good, hot July day would be a great day to do that."

But it was more than a party. It's a mission to see that little children get their full too.

It's a great asset to be able to help these young children who go to school every day and might not get their proper snacks and nutrition at home. We felt this was a good way to ensure that at least they're getting that while they were at school," said Patterson.

It's all for "Operation Angel Food." The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank's (BRAFB) "Operation Angel Food" helps children two to five years old during the school year. The children get a nutritious snack to take home - where they might have nothing else.

Marty White, the BRAFB's CEO noted, "You don't see this hunger. You don't see a children's face going home from school. You don't see a parent skipping a meal."

The problem just keeps growing. The Food Bank sees 25% more demand a year. But by preparing now, the school year will be better for many.

"This will make such a big difference and give them a leg up and give them a chance to really break out of what they've been born into," White said.

"We just want to help people in the community as a whole," added Patterson.

900 children will be enrolled in "Operation Angel Food" for the upcoming school year.


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