The Wahkiakum County Eagle - Established as The Skamokawa Eagle in 1891

By Meadow Meeder
Healthy Community Specialist 

Coming Events--Community Center in Cathlamet

 


To be of service is one of the most fulfilling aspects of civic life. At times, not everyone will find themselves in the position to help and sometimes those who didn’t need help, suddenly do. There is a balance within a community that is important to maintain, and this need for stability is most apparent when you look at the children of our county.

Wahkiakum, I’m often challenging you to experiment with your food, health and limits. Today, I am challenging you to rise to this Call to Action: The summer meals program known as Outdoor Café needs your help in raising money to purchase healthy food for our children.

Last year, local volunteers and generous donations made possible our successful summer lunch program, Outdoor Café 2019. Plans are underway to offer Outdoor Café 2020 this year with the expectation that we will be serving many more meals over a longer period of time, due to covid-19.

Superintendent Brent Freeman reports they have served as many as 350 meals in a week, since the end of school in March. They also provide 70 supplemental weekend GAP Backpacks to help tackle childhood food insecurity. With more than half the students enrolled in Wahkiakum schools qualifying for free or reduced lunches, the need for a summer food program has always been present, but never greater than today.

This program relies solely on the contributions from our community and I thank you in advance for your compassion and generosity.

For those heroes who can financially support this community project, please send your checks payable to Kiwanis/Outdoor Café 2020 to Kiwanis, P.O. Box 515, Cathlamet, WA 98612. Your contribution will go directly towards healthy food for our children.

Our ability to meet this challenge depends on two things: volunteers and donations and both are critically needed. Those who are interested in helping prepare meals can sign up with me at meederm@co.wahkiakum.wa.us.

Be bold, be kind, be strong, be well, Wahkiakum.

“If you can’t feed 100 people, then feed just one.” --Mother Teresa

 

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