The LOVE Project: Let Our Valley Eat

Love Flows has started The LOVE Project: (Let Our Valley Eat), which is supporting food banks and  programs for hungry kids in the Central Susquehanna Valley. Most of us know where our next meal is coming from, but there are a lot of our neighbors who don’t. We believe that, together, we can help the Love (and the food) flow throughout the central Susquehanna Valley. We’re asking you to help us make a difference.

Is hunger really a problem here? Click here to learn more. [link to the place on this same page]

There are already hunger programs here – do they need help? [link to the place on this same page with this text:] Local food banks, nutrition programs, and community meals DO already help a lot of people who might otherwise go hungry. They are a lifeline for many in our community. We want to help them do more, and to talk to each other about what needs to be done.

We want to be the Valley where no child goes hungry.  [link to the place on this same page with this text:] Right now, 40% of the Valley’s children get free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch at school – and many of those children do not know if they’ll eat when they’re not in school. We – and you – can help!

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Is hunger really a problem here? [this is the text farther down the page]

More than you might think. In the five counties that make up the Central Susquehanna Valley (Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Union) , nearly 30,000 people receive SNAP (food stamp) benefits. More than 40% of the school-aged children in the Valley qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches. Many other families are on the verge of poverty, but are not eligible for these federal program. On top of all that, tight federal and state budgets, cuts to SNAP benefits and heating assistance programs, and the overall economy are creating a “perfect storm” for the Valley’s food banks and other nutrition aid programs.

So now there is Love Flows: The LOVE Project (Let Our Valley Eat).

We want to help build partnerships throughout the Valley among food banks, other nutrition programs, congregations of all religions, and other organizations that can help the Love (and the food) flow throughout the central Susquehanna Valley.

The LOVE Project includes two components:

  • Building partnerships and assisting already-existing programs. [hot link to the Food Banks page]
  • Making sure no child in the Valley goes hungry. [hot link to the Feeding Children]

There are already hunger programs here – do they need help?  [this is the text farther down the page]

There are many good programs with dedicated volunteers who help alleviate hunger here, and we can help them. Many are overwhelmed, serving far more people than they have ever served before. Some are in danger of closing.

If you are part of one of those wonderful organizations, click here. [Link to the webform] The more we know and can publicize the programs that are feeding our hungry neighbors, the more we can help make sure they have the resources they need to do the work they do.

If you want to learn more about what is already here, click here [link to the Food Banks page]. You’ll find a list, updated regularly, of all the hunger-relief programs in the Valley.

We want to make sure that we are the valley where no child goes hungry. [this is the text farther down the page]

The LOVE Project’s main emphasis is on making sure that our Valley children eat. No child should go hungry, but many of our children do. Many who are eat free or reduced-price lunch at school do not have enough to eat on the weekends, or school breaks, or snow days, or even throughout the summer.

Starting in November 2013 Love Flows: The LOVE Project began supporting Caring for Kids, a Shikellamy Area School District project started by two teachers who want to make sure kids eat on the weekends. This program has a chance to make an enormous difference in the Valley.  Click here to learn more. [link to Feeding Children page]