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Bronson to fight empty stomachs

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By Mark Scohier

Bronson officials have stepped up to help feed the hungry, voting unanimously Monday night in favor of contributing town funds to the Food4Kids Backpack Program at Bronson Elementary School.

“I’m looking to see if the city would consider helping with the effort,” said program volunteer Peggy Rowe to council members, shortly before they voted to contribute $2,500 a year to the effort.

Rowe said the money will help 10 Bronson children, more than half of the 18 the program currently helps feed over weekends during the school year.

One in three children in Levy County live impoverished lives, Rowe said. Some of them get free breakfast and lunch at school but go hungry during the weekends. The program, which started in Alachua County, sends those children home with a backpack full of canned goods each weekend, but, she added, a grant that used to pay for the food has run out, and now Food4Kids needs help wherever it can find it.

In addition to the donation, officials agreed that future town events would double as a food drive for the program.

 For more information or to donate, visit www.Food4KidsBackpackProgram.com.