Mason County Family Link is working with the school counselors in each public school in Mason County to identify 35 families in need of assistance.
According to datacenter.kidscount.org, 53% or 2,171 students are eligible for free or reduced lunch in Mason County. During the summer, numerous programs help serve these students lunches. The Lakeshore Resource Network wanted to provide assistance for the Holiday Break as well. Area schools are on holiday break for a total of 12 days, from December 22nd to January 3rd. The Lakeshore Resource Network has teamed up with the United Way of Mason County, Mason County Family Link, and a group of community volunteers to help feed over 500 local families with students who are home over holiday break. With gracious support from Orchard Market, Wal-Mart, and the Lakeshore Resource Network’s Michigan Health Endowment Funding, we are able to provide healthy food options and resources to these families.
Mason County Family Link is working with the school counselors in each public school in Mason County to identify 35 families in need of assistance. A group of community volunteers, worked with the Lakeshore Resource Network to design a menu, order food, and collect donations from local vendors. Boxes will be put together on December 16th and delivered to each school. Schools will be adding some additional non-food items before sending the boxes home with students on December 21st.
The food boxes will focus on providing breakfast, lunch and snacks. These boxes will include apples, clementines, oatmeal, low sugar cereal, canned vegetables, peanut butter, raisins, soup, and kid-friendly easy to prepare meals.