7th An­nual “I Bought a Lunch” Cam­paign kicks off

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Hunger in Moose Jaw is con­tin­u­ing its good work in the com­mu­nity by pro­vid­ing over 300 nu­tri­tious meals to chil­dren each day. It is that time of the year again to con­trib­ute to its “I Bought a Lunch” cam­paign which helps to con­tinue this great work. This is the 7th year for this an­nual cam­paign that aims to raise 50,000 in 50 days. Hunger in Moose Jaw says they pro­vide over 65,000 lunches per school year and is seek­ing the help of the com­mu­nity to raise money in con­tin­u­ing their goal. “The cur­rent cost to make lunch is $1 per lunch and in that lunch each child re­ceives a sand­wich, a piece of fruit, a veg­etable and a snack. This en­sures that chil­dren are re­ceiv­ing nu­tri­tious food that will en­hance their abil­ity to learn,” noted new Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Hunger in Moose Jaw, Sharla Sept.

As a re­sult, Hunger in Moose Jaw has teamed up with lo­cal busi­nesses to sell lunches that will help them meet this tar­get. “We’re try­ing to raise $50,000 in 50 days. We have busi­nesses in the com­mu­nity sell­ing th­ese pa­per lunches and we’re also seek­ing do­na­tions from the wider com­mu­nity. We started Oc­to­ber 20th and we will be run­ning un­til De­cem­ber 8th. The busi­ness and lo­cal com­mu­nity have been ex­cel­lent so far, as do­na­tions are com­ing in steadily.”

Per­sons can pur­chase lunches at Hunger in Moose Jaw, South Hill Fine Foods, Bank of Mon­treal & other busi­ness lo­ca­tions. Emer­ald Cus­tom Cre­ations has do­nated lunch bags for the first 90 peo­ple who come into Hunger in Moose Jaw to make do­na­tions of $50 or more. Sharla Sept has been the new Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Hunger in Moose Jaw since June of this year. She has been work­ing in non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions for al­most 10 years, work­ing with many chil­dren and fam­i­lies in di­verse sit­u­a­tions, pro­vid­ing in-home fam­ily support, men­tor­ing pro­grams and other pro­grams. She says work­ing with not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions has al­ways been a pas­sion. “I just love work­ing with peo­ple and I love what I do. This is a great fit here at Hunger in Moose Jaw. We have a great team who are work­ing on our pro­gram­ing and support and con­tin­u­ing the great work here.”

She thanks the com­mu­nity for their on­go­ing support and is look­ing for­ward to meet­ing their $50,000 tar­get this year. “I thank the gen­er­ous peo­ple in the com­mu­nity and lo­cal busi­nesses work­ing with us. The support has been great!” She added that vol­un­teers are also wel­come. “We are also al­ways look­ing for vol­un­teer driv­ers to drop off lunches at schools. We pro­vide lunches to 18 dif­fer­ent schools daily and all those sand­wiches are de­liv­ered by vol­un­teers so we are al­ways look­ing for vol­un­teers for those in­ter­ested.” The “I Bought a Lunch” cam­paign funds will go to sup­port­ing the Child Nu­tri­tion Pro­gram. For more in­for­ma­tion or to do­nate you can call Hunger in Moose Jaw at 306-692-1916 or 306-6930754; email hunger.moose­jaw@sasktel.net or visit their web­site at www.hun­ger­in­moose­jaw.org. You can also find them on Face­book and fol­low them on Instagram.

Some of the ded­i­cated team mem­bers at Hunger in Moose Jaw: (l-r) Gail Berry, Jami Schalk, Karen Largton, Kass Demkey, Sharla Sept and Donna Ga­bel.

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