On October 9th, Jr. ACT-SO students and parents participated in the Kids Care2 Program as part of a Day of Service at the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Naperville, IL.
Loaves and Fishes has been a beacon of hope in DuPage County for over 33 years providing support to families struggling with food insufficiency. Last year alone, Loaves and Fishes assisted 18,798 individuals and 4,789 families with food, health care and other social services to alleviate barriers to self-sufficiency.
The Kids Care2 Program is tailor made for young volunteers to teach them about hunger occurring right in their community. Jr. ACT-SO students were first given a brief orientation on the history of the Loaves and Fishes organization, they were then provided with information about the variety of people that receive service at their facility, followed by guidance on how they as students can make an impact by volunteering and helping to raise awareness about the services offered by Loaves and Fishes. The Jr. ACT-SO students were then given a tour of the food pantry and concluded the day by celebrating their collective efforts in packing 180 bags of food for pantry patrons.
Jr. ACT-SO families took great pride in presenting Patrice and James Lia, Founders of the Kids Care2 Program, with the 186 pounds of food and personal care items that they collected. The Jr. ACT-SO Day of Service at Loaves and Fishes was a wonderful learning experience for all. We hope to have the opportunity to be able to incorporate community service in the Jr. ACT-SO Program again next year.
DuPage County Branch-NAACP, the DuPage Regional Office of Education, and Lewis University
DuPage County ACT-SOP.O. Box 1546
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
(331) 462-2876 or (331) 46ACTSO