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Project SEED hits its goal

| Friday, March 6, 2015, 8:57 p.m.

We know many Alle-Kiski Valley residents watch the large Project SEED progress meter displayed at the intersection of Leechburg and Tarentum Bridge roads.

That sign will soon say we have achieved our fundraising goal of $30,000 to feed hungry children in the New Kensington-Arnold area. The money raised provides 224 children — preschool to grade 2 — with weekend bags of food so they have “Something to Eat Every Day” (SEED).

We are astounded and grateful for the extremely generous donations of volunteer time, food and money that makes this project possible. Support has come from nonprofit organizations, clubs, churches, foundations, local businesses and caring citizens from this valley and across the United States.

We also thank the dedicated New Kensington city workers who pick up and deliver the bins of food to the schools weekly, the volunteers at the Alle-Kiski Center for Active Adults who pack the food bags each Wednesday and the New Kensington-Arnold School District staff who register the children for the project, deliver the food to the classrooms and distribute it to the children in their backpacks.

These efforts are helping to bridge the hunger gap in our community and ensure that these children come to school on Mondays ready to learn — not ready to eat.

It's been a long, cold winter but the way we see it, the generosity and compassion of the people who call this valley home was warm beyond measure.

Thank you all so much.

Joanne Cecchi

New Kensington

Ruth Carson

Springdale

The writers are the co-founders of Project SEED.

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