(WBRE/WYOU-TV) A local nonprofit is in need of some help in achieving its goal this year.
And the more donations it gets, the more children it can help as they prepare to go back to school.
Eyewitness News Reporter Crystal Cranmore has the story.
The Catholic Youth Center in Wilkes-Barre received a new shipment of produce this week – just in time for the new school year.
“About 90 percent of the families we serve are low income,” said Ryan Smith, Program Executive CYC
So the Children’s Produce market is important to families who send their children to the Center’s Summer and After School Programs.
The Commission on Economic Opportunity’s Weinberg Foodbank provides the produce for the market.
It’s not like other programs where families may need income qualifications.
“CEO delivers fresh vegetables, canned goods, the milk…It goes right home with the families” said Smith
Right now CEO is not even halfway to reaching its goal of 11 million pounds of food to sustain its programs this year.
That includes the Children’s Produce Market and CEO’s food for kids program where prepared meals are delivered to after school students.
The nonprofit says 22-thousand children in Northeast Pennsylvania face food insecurity on a daily basis
“It impacts their academic achievement so we really want to mitigate the effects of poverty for the youth in our area.’ Said Lauren Barnes, Director of Strategic Planning CEO
To do that.. they need your help.
“We depend on community support volunteers and really collaborating with various organizations,” Said Barnes.