Bob Gross, President of the Seaside Rotary Foundation, presented a check for $2,000 to Maureen Casterline, co-chair of the "Food4Kids" Seaside program, and Al Peinhardt, treasurer, to introduce the Food4Kids effort in Gearhart. Maureen and Al are also members of the Seaside Rotary Club.
The dollars will be used to fund 40 backpacks for the year for children who live in Gearhart. Need for this program is determined by the number of children eligible for the free breakfast and lunch programs.
Food4Kids Seaside is a group which is providing a unique form of food security for children. Sometimes there is no food available to children in our community. The problem is alleviated by the free breakfast and free lunch programs at school. When weekends come there is sometimes no food from Friday afternoon to Monday morning. The solution is to get food into the hands of the children. A labeled backpack is sent home on Friday with two breakfasts, two lunches, and some substantial snacks for a normal weekend, and is returned on Monday morning.
The program at Seaside Heights Elementary started last year. It is has about 90 children signed up and in a given week about 80 backpacks go home
Coral Cook and Rosemary Kemper-Riddock organize the packing of the backpacks with squads of volunteers each Thursday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church across the street from the convention center.
Anyone wanting to volunteer or contribute should call Coral at 503-440-2295.