Local church donates funds for WB lunches

Representatives of Bunker Hill United Methodist Church presented a check to West Branch Local Schools in the amount of $1,506 to help assure that students in West Branch aren’t going hungry at lunch time. Pictured are members of the church’s Mission Committee, from left, Paul Manypenny, Cindy Kaurich and Pat Coy; and from West Branch Local Schools, David Drawl, treasurer; and Lorrie Weingart, director of food services. Absent was committee member Dolores Campbell. (Submitted photo)

Representatives of Bunker Hill United Methodist Church presented a check to West Branch Local Schools in the amount of $1,506 to help assure that students in West Branch aren’t going hungry at lunch time. Pictured are members of the church’s Mission Committee, from left, Paul Manypenny, Cindy Kaurich and Pat Coy; and from West Branch Local Schools, David Drawl, treasurer; and Lorrie Weingart, director of food services. Absent was committee member Dolores Campbell. (Submitted photo)

BELOIT — Most people do not like to see children going hungry and this was particularly true when members of the Bunker Hill United Methodist Church read in a local newspaper about “lunch shaming” occurring in schools located in Mahoning and Trumbull counties. This is where students were being refused a hot lunch if they couldn’t afford it.

Pat Coy, chairperson of Bunker Hill’s Mission Committee, decided to earmark August’s mission money locally to “Let’s Feed a Child” and all money that was collected would be given to West Branch Local Schools to be used for the students who might not be able to afford a hot lunch. Through these efforts, on Sept. 13, representatives of Bunker Hill were able to present a check to West Branch Local Schools in the amount of $1,506 to help assure that students in West Branch aren’t going hungry.

“We are absolutely humbled by the outpouring and generosity of the families, individuals, United Methodist Women and Goshen Ruritans with their act of love. We are truly blessed and hope this check feeds many children,” said Coy on behalf of the Bunker Hill Mission Committee.

After receiving the check, Superintendent Timothy Saxton said “many people do not realize that 40 percent of our students may not be eating properly on a regular basis and they look forward to what we offer at school each morning and at lunch time. I thank the members of the Bunker Hill United Methodist Church for their generosity because it will help students be successful and brings awareness to a problem that continues to grow in all communities.”

Bunker Hill is located at 15096 W. Middletown Road, Beloit. In addition to providing lunches to the students for local ministry, they also host the “Second Harvest Food Bank of Mahoning County” from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Friday of every month.

(Submitted material)

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