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Supporting Saginaw children during summer 2016

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TO: Our Community Leaders
FROM: Lillie Williams, Executive Director, Saginaw County Community Action Committee, CAC
             Chevon Wilborn, Program Supervisor,  Food Bank of Eastern Michigan
             Rev. Charles Coleman Sr.,, New Faith Temple COGIC and past City Council member
RE: Supporting and Boosting Our Saginaw Children During Summer 2016
HOW: Invitation to Planning Summit  at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, CAC Hall, 2824 Perkins.
       BOTTOM LINE: Many of our Saginaw children receive school lunches from September through May. But what about the vacation time June, July and August? Nutritious meals still are available -- from our Food Bank of Eastern Michigan --  but fewer than 20 percent (2 of 10 of our children) receive them. Can we aim for closer to 100 percent? To move ahead toward the goal, we need teams of volunteers at lunch time during these summer vacation days.
       HOW CAN YOU HELP? Sign up to make your church or neighborhood location available to receive meals that are delivered on lunch vans, between noon and 1 o'clock on summer weekdays, June through August. If you have an indoor meal place, great! If not, we still can make it work. By taking this step, you become an official summer child nutrition site.
       WHAT DO THE VOLUNTEERS DO? Our volunteers receive the lunches from the delivery van, and serve them to the children, and then perform basic cleanup. Imagine you are volunteering for a church or neighborhood event. It is the simple same thing. (Plus, the program picks up trash bags each day.)
       HOW MANY VOLUNTEERS DO WE NEED? We need at least two each day at lunch hour. For example, if you have a team of 10 volunteers, each can take turns one day each week.
       DO WE NEED SPECIAL SKILLS? No more than Dad and Mom-type skills to serve and supervise children's lunches.
       WHO CAN VOLUNTEER? Anyone can volunteer. We are focusing on weekday lunch hours, so especially we need older teens on summer school breaks, and retirees who are available for 60 minutes on lunch hours. Employed people may qualify for work release.
        MORE QUESTIONS? That is the purpose of our April 26 summit. Attend and ask.
        PLEASE AT LEAST TRY: Please at least try our Summer Food Program for the first week In mid-June. There is no long-term or summer-long obligation. You can do it.
        CONCLUSION: If you will honor our children by taking part, send an email to our volunteer, Mike Thompson,, and capitalize SUMMER FOOD. Or call Mike, 401-3681. Also, send a note if you will register for April 26 attendance.
        Thank you for your consideration.
FOOTNOTE: Summer children's lunches ideally are supplemented by education and recreation activities. If you are interested in this aspect, join our April 26 Summit.

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