QI Valdosta, Georgia, USA
Our Quota Cares Month project
On March 27, QI Valdosta participated in the “Hungry at Home” program that assists children of our local city schools who do not have food to eat on the weekends. Some time ago teachers made a connection that students who significantly underperformed on Mondays were simply hungry, having had little to no food on weekends. Thus was born the “Hungry at Home” Program. Since the program is funded by charitable gifts, QI Valdosta donated $1400 for purchase of food to feed these children. These funds will provide 50 backpacks for 4 weeks. Each Friday, a child identified as “in need” is given a backpack containing enough meals and snacks for the weekend. Often extra food is included for siblings. Also QI Valdosta members went on site March 27 to help pack the food in the backpacks for the upcoming weekend. Our time and our donation helped provide meals for an entire month to those children in our community.
How did our QCM project benefit our community?
The Hungry at Home Program, as well as the existing charities that support them became aware of Quota and our mission. QI Valdosta has not yet signed a new member as a result, but several inquiries were made about our club and how to join. In addition our participation was the subject of an article in our local newspaper.
How did our QCM project benefit our club / members?
Awareness was raised as to how much hunger still exists so close to our homes. Yes, morale was improved and about 25% of our club participated. The packing had to occur during a work day for most of the members so as many turned out as could. Members who participated were: Karen Witt, President, Robin Plymale, VP, Robbie Brooker, Service Project Chair, and members Jane Hendrix, Nell Adams, Sylvia Hutton.
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