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Funds Presented To ‘Feed Our Kids’

By Staff | Mar 10, 2016

FEED OUR KIDS, Emmetsburg and Ruthven, received monies raised through matching funds donations from the public and Palo Alto County Health System, Hughes Pharmacy and Mansmith Pharmacy. Pictured (from the left) are Feed Our Kids Emmetsburg representatives Patty Kelly, Angie Strohman, secretary, Cindy Magee and Jane Hoyman, co-presidents, Katie Heddinger, treasurer, Desiree Einsweiler,?Palo Alto County Hospital Administrator, presenting the checks, Vicky Conlon, chairman Feed Our Kids Ruthven, and pharmacists Steve Hoyman from Hughes Pharmacy, and Mark Anliker from Mansmith Pharmacy. --Jane Whitmore photo

Feed Our Kids programs in Emmetsburg and Ruthven provide supplemental nutrition for the weekend for children in the local school systems who qualify for the free and reduced lunch programs.

Palo Alto County Health System, Hughes Pharmacy and Mansmith Pharmacy recently teamed up to offer funds to match dollar-for-dollar public donations to support the Feed Our Kids programs. Public support was matched dollar-to-dollar up to $50 per child enrolled in the program.

Currently, there are 93 students in the Emmetsburg program and 32 students in the Ruthven program.

Food is placed in a child’s backpack during the school day for those students who are food insecure over the weekend. The benefit of this program is that children who are well nourished do better in school and have better health. Both programs report that these programs have made a significant difference in their communities.

Palo Alto County Health System, Hughes Pharmacy and Mansmith Pharmacy benefit from a federal program to use discounts from the drug manufacturers to help fund health and wellness services and programs in Palo Alto County. These funds were used for the matching funds.

Feed Our Kids Emmetsburg will co-host a Christian Rock Concert on March 16 featuring The Protest and I Am Spartacus. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the VFW in Emmetsburg. Tickets are available in advance at a reduced cost. Proceeds will be split between Feed Our Kids Emmetsburg and United Methodist Church Youth Trip Fund.

Feed Our Kids Ruthven recently concluded a community drive to raise funds. Donations can be sent to the Methodist Church at Ruthven.