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Project SEED moving forward

| Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Thanksgiving week seems like the perfect time to report to the community on the progress of Project SEED and thank the Alle-Kiski Valley for once again coming through for your neighbors in need.

Project SEED provides weekend food for children who participate in the federal free lunch program at school, but are often left without anything to eat on the weekends.

We currently provide a bag of nutritious food for two breakfasts and two lunches to 149 Fort Crawford elementary students every Friday during the school year. Our 20-plus volunteers pack and deliver the food and receive donations from businesses, clubs and organizations, churches and many individuals. These range from the 6-year-old who donated his allowance to the Girl Scout troop doing fundraising for SEED to the Valley High School JROTC's recent food drive and the Alle-Kiski Valley Senior Citizen Center who gave us a place to house our project.

Our goal is to raise $18,000, which will feed all 149 children for the entire school year. We've raised $11,000 so we are well on our way, but still need help to meet our goal. We can assure your readers that every penny donated will be used to buy food.

As former educators, we know that children cannot learn when they are hungry. We hope this program is planting healthy seeds in these children so they can come to school on Monday morning ready to learn, not ready to eat.

From us — and for all of the children we feed each weekend — we say thank you, A-K Valley! Happy Thanksgiving!

Joanne Cecchi& Ruth Carson

New Kensington

The writers are the co-founders of Project SEED.

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