OESJ’s Backpacks for Kids Program, which provides meals on weekends to 35 children, has received a $17,000 donation from the 100 Women Who Care of the Adirondack Foothills.
Jackie Lape, OESJ’s Jr. Sr. High School nurse who oversees the program, spoke to the nonprofit 100 Women Who Care group at the St. John’s Episcopal Church in Johnstown last night.
The program meets a need – providing a source of nutrition for children over the weekends – that would otherwise go unmet without the OESJ program.
“I am just so appreciative because we can feed more kids now — that’s really what it’s about,” Lape said. “Each person, especially children, have the right to nutritious and affordable food. The purpose of the program is to fill the weekend meal gap. During the week our students have the benefit of receiving free breakfast and lunch, but during the weekends those meals are not available to those children.
At each meeting of the 100 Women Who Care of the Adirondack Foothills, the local chapter of a national alliance of more than 350 groups, a local organization is selected to receive a $100 donation from each member. The local group has a membership of 170, thus the $17,000 donation.
The OESJ Backpack for Kids program was selected from a total of 14 nominees for the donation.
The program competed against Willing Helpers Home for Women in Johnstown and The Office of the Aging in Montgomery County.
The other nominees include: Greater Johnstown School District Backpacks for Kids; Lexington Center Calendar of Love; Gloversville Housing and Neighborhood Improvement Corp.; HFM Choices program; CAPTAIN Street Outreach program; Gloversville Theater Corp.; Caroga Arts Collective; Regional Animal Shelter; Northville / Edinburg Little League; NOAH Free Community Meal; and the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women’s Consortium statue project.
Programs that are selected cannot receive a donation for another two years, but nominees who weren’t can try again during the next meeting.
At each meeting, the organization that previously received the award is asked to speak about the donation.