Noon Kiwanis hears about Mac Packs

The Noon Kiwanis Club meets every Wednesday at Perkins Restaurant. “Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time.” You are welcome to join us. Wednesday, July 23, our program was Somer Turley, president of Lincoln School Parent Teachers Organization. Turley also is coordinator of Mac Packs for Lincoln Elementary and for Headstart. Turley has a child at Lincoln Elementary and a two-year-old who is ready for Lincoln. The question is will Lincoln be ready for her.
According to State of Kansas data, there are 785 families in the City of McPherson that are in the poverty level. If the average size family consists of three people, there are 2,355 people in McPherson in the poverty level. This is approximately 15.7 percent of our population.
The state average – in the poverty classification – in Kansas is 15.5 percent of the population . The poverty level in Kansas is defined as $17,000 or less for a family of four.
The Mac Packs program will help the children in McPherson receive nutritious food for children who are food insecure. With the high gas prices and other increases caused by high gas prices, many families have to choose between food and security such as electricity or heating fuels.
 The way it works is that children at risk for nutrition deficient health problems will discretely receive backpacks and every Friday, high protein and healthy foods will be placed in their backpacks to eat on the weekends. The backpacks cost between $5 and $10 each. The food would cost $5 per weekend per child. This program is operated through the McPherson County Community Foundation Back Packs Program.
If you want to help our children, make your checks to “McPherson County Foundation Back Packs Program” and send it to McPherson County Community Foundation, 206 S. Main St., McPherson, KS 67460. Even small donations of $5 or $10 will help our kids. Contact McPherson County Community Foundation 245-9070 for more information.
Gerry Bley, Kiwanis Reporter