The Food Group in Sheridan raised approximately $21,000 at their fundraiser last week, thanks to a $5000 matching grant from the Perkins Foundation. The funds came just in time, because spring break is next week, and the group is doubling their regular delivery to students.
Amy Albrecht, director of the Center for a Vital Community and Food Group organizer, says food insecurity isn't something that just happens in other places. The Food Group helps about 250 kids from the local area who would otherwise have a long weekend with not enough to eat. The kids who need the help are right here.
Items passed out to the kids include soup, tuna fish, bread, peanut butter, and fresh produce. Albrecht estimates it costs about $1,500 per week to feed kids within the program.