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Parents working to give students Food for Break

Nov 11, 2012 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Middle and high school groups will host a "stuff the bus" event Saturday, Nov. 17, at Smith's Food and Drug in Riverton.

Parents at Riverton Middle School hope to send needy students home for vacation this winter with enough food to get them through the break.

Riverton mom Karen Murdock said the RMS parent group is organizing its first-ever Food for Break fundraiser this year, with plans to host similar events before every extended holiday from school.

"It's going to be awesome," Murdock said. "The school district is providing a bus, and we'll fill it full of food."

The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Smith's Food and Drug, 1200 W. Main St. Murdock said the presence of the full-sized school bus in the grocery store parking lot should remind people that donations will go to local children in need.

"We're feeding our childen in the district," Murdock said, adding that Riverton High School students will help with Food for Break.

Parents will focus on students eligible for free and reduced-price lunches, but Murdock said anyone who feels anxious about going home for break can sign up for a bag of food. She said more than half of local students qualify for the free and reduced-price lunch program.

"When it comes time (for break) that's 13 days they won't be back to the school, and they eat two meals there a day on the lunch program," Murdock said. "So that's 13 days without knowing when their next hot meal is. That's our focus."

Donations on the day of the fundraiser should include non-perishable food items appropriate for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks.

"Anything from mac and cheese cups to oatmeal packets and cereal," Murdock said.

Shopping suggestions will be available at the middle school, 840 Major Ave., where people also can drop off food donations before and after the Food for Break event.

Murdock said she also needs holiday gift bags in which to package the food, and she will accept monetary donations through Dec. 17. Donated money will go toward purchasing fresh produce and other food items like bread and milk during the week before break.

"We don't want to send them home with just a bunch of carbs," Murdock said.

For more information about Food for Break, call the school at 856-9443.

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