Altrusa of Xenia picks service project at regional conference

By Scott Halasz

May 15, 2014

XENIA — The Xenia Altrusa Club named the “X-Out Hunger Program” the host club’s service project at the recent Altrusa International, Inc., 59th District Five Conference.

The program benefits low-income students in the Xenia Community Schools. It is a weekend food program. Students are provided with a backpack of easy to prepare food items to take home over the weekend to help meet their nutritional needs. Many of these students would be without food over the weekend if not for this initiative. Donated items included oatmeal packets, microwaveable meals, fruit cups, vegetables, juices and healthy snacks.

Many District Five clubs brought items to donate, as well as cash contributions totaling $135.00. Members of the Xenia club gathered at the Xenia Community Schools’ administrative offices on April 30 to sort and count the items and officially make the donation.

Some of the donated items included: 127 microwavable Chef Boyardee or Cheesy Mac meals; 336 pudding cups; 270 oatmeal packets; 236 cereal and granola bars; 201 goldfish and animal crackers; 198 cans of fruits and vegetables; 101 fruit juice boxes.

Many other items were also contributed. These donations will provide much needed support to children in need.

The Xenia Club is extremely grateful for these donations and happy to support this valuable program.

Altrusa also recently donated 40 pairs of headphones to Cox Elementary. Xenia Altrusa President Nikki Baynard presented them to sixth-grade teacher LaShann Williams-Latimer. Each student is assigned their own headphones to use at the computer.