Last week, The Memory Center, Virginia Beach Activities Director Lisa Lano-Ratcliffe and Kathryn Bennett, Admissions and Marketing Director delivered over 30 Beach Bags to Alanton Elementary school.
While you might be thinking about a beach bag loaded with sand toys and sunscreen, these Beach Bags are helping children in a different way.
Too many children around Virginia Beach are fed in school, but may not have enough to eat at home on the weekends. The Beach Bag program provides a bag of food to participating children on Friday afternoons so they have enough to eat. Each bag contains:
- 2 – individual cereal boxes – small, individual sized boxes or bowls
- 2 – 8 oz shelf stable milk – individual cartons (juice box sized)
- 2 – shelf-stable main course items – ravioli, spaghetti & meatballs, beef stew, chicken & dumplings, tuna/chunk chicken, tuna helper, macaroni & cheese, chunky soups, peanut butter & crackers
- 2 – 4 oz or larger fruit cups and/or 100% juice boxes
- 2 – snack items such as granola bars, juice boxes, cheese crackers, raisins, or similar item
The bags were assembled by Memory Center residents and filled with food donations we received to support students in our area over the weekend and during Spring Break.