United Way Delivers 1,000 Weekend Food Packs to Allen Parish School Board

August 15, 2019, by mharding


OBERLIN, LA, August 15 – The United Way of Southwest Louisiana recently partnered with the Allen Parish School Board to provide 1,000 weekend food packs for Allen parish students in need. The donation is part of the United Way’s United Against Hunger campaign which gathers ready-made meals and snacks from community donors and prepares them for distribution to children who participate in regional summer feeding programs.

Poverty is the single greatest threat to a child’s well-being, according to the National Center for Children in Poverty. Hunger and poverty go hand-in-hand and both are a real problem in Southwest Louisiana.

Five out of six children who participate in an in-school lunch program do not receive meals during the summer, thus the need for summer feeding programs. However, the need extends beyond summer break as many of these same children go without food on the weekends during the school year.

Businesses or individuals interested in supporting a continued United Against Hunger campaign for Allen Parish should contact Melissa Butter, United Way of Southwest Louisiana resource development manager. As a former student of Allen Parish, Butter said, “I can’t express to you enough how happy this made me to bring a new project to the parish. Looking forward to working with you more in the future!”

For more information on United Against Hunger, visit www.unitedwayswla.org/UnitedAgainstChildHunger or call 337.433.1088.