Thanksgiving Meal Assistance
This past spring, the community of Jamestown was informed that they would be losing the Jamestown Family Resource Center location in town. The Resource Center had become an essential part of the community and had previously spearheaded summer student programs, after school clubs, services and programming for families, and holiday support programs. With the loss of this community resource, several local churches, community organizations, businesses, and Greeneview Local Schools have joined together to stand in the gap and meet the needs of the community.
Recent reports indicate that over 40% of the students in Greeneview Schools receive Free lunch. Armed with the information that over 600 students counted on meals from our schools, the community began looking for ways to assure these students were able to access food on the weekends and holiday breaks.
One of the mainstays of the Resource Center was their support and organization of Thanksgiving meals for families. The Jamestown Chamber of Commerce recently held a work session to discuss how these needs could continue to be met. With nearly $1,500 raised during the Bean Festival by the New Life Worship Center, and the generous support of Uhl’s Jamestown Market, more than 150 families will be provided turkeys this Thanksgiving. Side dish donations are needed to complete the meals. Donations will be collected at Greeneview Local Schools, the Jamestown Public Library, and Uhl’s Jamestown Market. Please consider donating boxed mashed potatoes, canned yams, can of gravy, canned vegetables, boxed stuffing, boxed bread mix, or boxed desserts.
Another program serving the families of Greeneview Local Schools is Blessings in a Backpack. This program began several years ago when a local group began by providing 50 Elementary students food for the weekend. The program grew last year to support 100 elementary students through a new partnership with a grant secured through Greene County Public Health. This year, through a donation from TruPointe and Land o’ Lakes, the program will now be able to serve 100 middle school students. Community groups and service organizations pack food, which is meant to supplement weekend meals, throughout the week and students are sent home with the bags of food on Friday.
The loss of the Jamestown Community Family Resource Center has galvanized those in the community who are willing to serve and give generously to those in need. If you are willing to support these programs, please contact Superintendent Isaac Seevers at Greeneview Local Schools or visit the Chamber of Commerce or School District webpage for specific donation information. Specific side dish donations are still needed for the Thanksgiving program. If you want to contribute to the backpack program, please consider a financial donation, donating specific food items, or volunteer to join the packing.