The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Local Education

April 15, 2014

Local partnerships feed school children during weekends

Area hospital joins effort to fight hunger

ANDERSON — Deanna McNeese says it is hard to listen to children talk about being hungry when school is not in session.

“Times are tough,” said McNeese, a social worker at Anderson Elementary. “We have several kids coming to us, not so much that they are asking for things, but there is a need for food and a need for other items like clothes and shoes.”

Thanks to a program started by the Anderson First United Methodist Church in 2011, some of those children no longer face the challenges of a long weekend of hunger and recently other organizations have joined in the church’s efforts.

The “Buddy Bags” program provides food for students, who have been identified by need, with nutritious items to help feed them on the weekends. Each month, approximately 1,100 children in the Anderson Community Schools district are provided with a bag filled with a single-serving item such as beef stew, beans and franks, fruit bars and canned pasta.

Children at Anderson Elementary were the first to receive the Buddy Bags and the program has since expanded to Valley Grove.

Johanne Coleson, the Buddy Bags coordinator for First United Methodist Church, said giving the children food to keep them from being hungry has been a humbling experience.

“We had one student ask if he could have another bag for his family, it touched me – it really did,” Coleson said. “We had to tell him no, that there is only one a piece.”

Feeding the children requires careful balance in order to reach the most children and prolong the program in the community for as long as possible. Coleson said they are fortunate to receive the food for the bags from Second Harvest Food Bank. Each bag only costs the program $4, she said.

Initial funding for the program was made available through a Madison County Community Foundation grant of $10,000, Coleson said. Additional funding for the program — in excess of $107,000 — has been raised through private donations, friends and members of the Anderson First United Methodist Church.

Text Only
Local Education
  • Elwood schools seek election change Elwood Community Schools is seeking to change the process for the way that members of the school board will be elected starting with the November election.

    July 25, 2014

  • South Madison superintendent contract OK'd South Madison Community Schools officials Thursday unanimously ratified a new three-year contract for Superintendent Joe Buck, and approved textbook fees for middle and high school students.

    July 24, 2014

  • Vaughan, Nancy Madison County grad rates and test scores improve, but still lag state High school graduation rates and standardized test scores in English, math and science all improved among public school students in Madison County from 2009 to 2013, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

    July 22, 2014 3 Photos

  • Pay for South Madison soccer coaches under review An ad hoc parent group wants the South Madison Community Schools board to consider raising the stipend for Pendleton Heights High School soccer coaches.

    July 21, 2014

  • FEA - HB0721 - Rotary Exchange - JC 1 Foreign exchange program builds lasting friendships Paulina Berger returned to her hometown in Olpe, Germany on Friday, but she left something important behind: part of her heart. The 16-year-old spent a year living with three host families in Anderson as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange program.

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • FEA HB0721 ISU Normal Hall Work underway to restore ISU's Normal Hall The sounds of heavy equipment, impact drills and even a large wrecking ball are evidence of a renovation underway at Normal Hall, Indiana State University's oldest academic building.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • HHS class of '66 seeks classmates The Highland High School Class of '66 will host its 48th class reunion on Aug. 23. Contact information is needed for several classmates.

    July 19, 2014

  • Jottings: July 20 The following are brief Jottings items of local interest.

    July 19, 2014

  • AHS Class of '65 plans informal gathering The Anderson High School Class of 1965 will hold an informal 49th class gathering. The gathering will be Saturday, Aug. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Shouts Sports Pub (Cooper's Sport Bowl), 1920 E. 53rd St.

    July 18, 2014

  • NWS - HB0129 - snyder photo - SU Ivy Tech president attends apprenticeships summit

    Fresh from a White House-sponsored summit on expanding apprenticeship opportunities in high-growth industries, Ivy Tech Community College President Tom Snyder said some programs in Indiana are on the leading edge of that effort.

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide