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On Their Doorsteps

Organizations team up to provide meals

Times Observer photos by Brian Ferry Warren County School District Superintendent Amy Stewart carries bags of Farmhouse Feast Thanksgiving dinners from Bob Evans to a vehicle that took those meals to families in need Thursday morning.

More than 50 Warren County families didn’t have to worry how they might be able to have hearty and festive Thanksgiving dinners on Thursday.

Those dinners — turkey, stuffing, potatoes and gravy, vegetables, biscuits, pie, and cranberry sauce — showed up on their doorsteps.

The Warren County School District Kids In Need (KIN) Community Fund, the Community Foundation of Warren County, and Bob Evans teamed up to make sure those families had a little something extra to be thankful for.

District volunteers moved bags and boxes full of Farmhouse Feasts from Bob Evans to vehicles that pulled up outside. More district volunteers drove those meals to the families all over Warren County.

“They drive them to the doorstep,” Director of Pupil Services Dr. Patricia Hawley said.

Warren County School District Director of Pupil Services Dr. Patricia Hawley carries a box of Farmhouse Feast Thanksgiving dinners from Bob Evans to a vehicle that took those meals to families in need Thursday morning.

There wasn’t a lot of prep work for the families, according to Hawley. “Everything is pre-made so the families can heat it up when they’re ready,” she said.

There were 29 volunteers making sure the 57 meals got to where they needed to be.

“It warms my heart to see our employees come together to make Thanksgiving a little more special for some of our students and their families,” Superintendent Amy Stewart said.

Providing single meals is not typically one of the goals of the KIN Fund.

The Vision of the KIN Fund is to provide the daily essentials for families in need,” Hawley said. “We don’t typically do meals. Given the pandemic and current conditions, the Community Foundation and the school district agree it was in our best interest to provide the meals this Thanksgiving.”

“We would like to acknowledge the Community Foundation for its ongoing support of the KIN Community Fund,” Hawley said.

“A big thanks to the Community Foundation,” Stewart said. “None of this would be possible without their generous donation.”

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