Businesses and individuals support Great Northern's campaign to help ensure that not one child goes hungry in 2017

“An unbelievable 31.8 percent of children under 18 in Siskiyou County do not know where their next meal will come from,” said Great Northern Services Development Director Marie-Josée Wells. “Once we realized that children were going hungry right here in our own county, we decided to coordinate a major effort to do something about it. Last year we served 2,000 summer lunches with dedicated volunteers, and we need to expand the program to include all children.”

Great Northern’s Siskiyou County Food Program will focus on feeding children and their families in 2016 and 2017. Their long and short-term goals include: to not let one child go hungry in Siskiyou County, and to raise at least $5,000 from caring locals to help feed kids when school is out during the upcoming North State Giving Tuesday on Nov. 29.

“I have recently seen first hand the reality of young children needing food, and was so saddened,” said Brenda Floyd-Hall, owner of Salon Studio B in downtown Mount Shasta. “Three hungry children, from about 4 to 12 years old, knocked on a friend’s door to ask for food. It really raised my awareness. It was a big wake up call.

“When I heard about Great Northern’s Feed the Kids campaign and heard what the real numbers are of hungry kids in our county, I jumped at the opportunity to help. My business is pledging $200 this year and I will go online to donate this on November 29th. In the future, I hope to raise much more money to feed kids with races and events., said Floyd-Hall.

“It will take a ground swell of locals who care, along with grants to meet our goals,” said Wells. “We need influential and caring individuals, businesses, organizations, like Brenda and the Mount Shasta chapter of the Women in Business Network at wibnetwork.net, whose members authorized a $100 donation to feed children on November 29th.”

A breakdown of the Let’s Feed Kids donation campaign includes:

• Providing a Kids Summer Food Program – A $5 donation provides a child with a great lunch for one day during summer vacation when research shows it’s needed;

• Creating and Delivering Healthy Snack Bags – A $25 donation provides a child with a snack bag for one week during school break. Snack bags for one week include: cheese, bread, granola bars, celery, oranges, soup, yogurt, raisins, peanut butter, jelly, mac and cheese, and carrots.

• Family Turkeys and Hams for the Holidays – A $15 donation provides a family of four in need with a ham or turkey.

To participate in North State Giving on Nov. 29, go online to www.northstategives.org between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., select Great Northern Services, and donate any amount.

All monies donated to Great Northern go to the Feed the Kids campaign.

North State Giving Tuesday is put on by Shasta Regional Community Foundation, Redding Bank of Commerce, and United Way of Northern California.

To donate any time of the year or to volunteer your time to help kids, contact Marie Wells at 530-938-4115, extension 121.

To find out more about additional GNS Siskiyou County community services go to www.gnservices.org or call 530-938-4115.