End 68 Hours of Hunger

Union Congregational members and friends are among the many volunteers who pack the food to go home with hungry schoolchildren.

Union Congregational members and friends are among the many volunteers who pack the food to go home with hungry schoolchildren.

As part of our local mission outreach, Union Congregational Church has joined with other area churches to support the ConVal branch of End 68 Hours of Hunger. This program, serving all of the schools in the ConVal School District, is a not-for-profit effort to confront the approximately 68 hours of hunger that some schoolchildren experience between the free lunch they receive in school on Friday afternoon and the free breakfast they receive in school on Monday morning. We have an excellent food pantry in this area, but not everyone can get there, or get there when it’s open. So at the end of each week, End 68 Hours sees that each child in need receives a bag of food — simple items that the children can prepare with little supervision — to take home.

Volunteers from Union Congregational Church are involved in everything from packing the bags to transporting them to the schools, but our strongest focus is on collecting the peanut butter that is included in the students’ bags. Want to help? Donations of 16-ounce plastic containers of peanut butter are always welcome at the church, as are checks made out to “End 68 Hours of Hunger.” Together, we can help to fulfill the mission of End 68 Hours: ending childhood hunger in America, one school at a time.

To learn more about End 68 Hours of Hunger, visit www.end68hoursofhunger.org.