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June 5, 2009

Kids food program coming to PV

Thanks to some concerned local citizens, Pauls Valley will become the next Oklahoma community to benefit from the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s “Food 4 Kids” backpack program.

The program is designed to ensure chronically hungry children receive the food they need by sending backpacks filled with food home with the kids on weekends and during holidays when school meal programs are not available.

According to reports, nearly 8,000 elementary school students in 239 schools in 38 counties across the state benefited this year from the “Food 4 Kids” program.

Many of these children were eating little or nothing between their school lunch on Friday and school breakfast on Monday.

Local school personnel have identified 75 chronically hungry children in four elementary schools in the Pauls Valley area that could benefit from the program.

Pauls Valley “Food 4 Kids” co-coordinator Lucille Ensey said she got involved after her two sons, Corey and Craig Ensey, heard about the program in Duncan.

They were so impressed with the concept they wanted to bring the program back to share with the residents of their hometown.

“We have been very blessed in our lives, and we just wanted to share the benefits of this program with others in the community who are in need,” Lucille said of her family.

“We also want to spread awareness in the community about ‘Food 4 Kid’ since many people probably would like to help, but may not know how.”

With help from the Regional Food Bank staff, the Enseys said they will work with local service clubs, churches, businesses and individuals to raise the $15,000 necessary to fund the “Food 4 Kids” program in Pauls Valley for a full school year.

Those interested in partnering with the Enseys in this program may call Lucille at 405-238-0202 or contact Craig Ensey at 405-207-6364. All monetary gifts are 100 percent tax-deductible.

According to Lucille, all monetary gifts go directly to the Regional Food Bank who then delivers the food to the schools for distribution.

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