To the Editor:
It is with great pleasure that I extend acknowledgement and thanks to these volunteers and supporters of Troy Lunch Club for the 2016 summer program.
Sponsored by the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), Troy Lunch Club services those children affected by the hunger gap in the city of Troy.
This year 4,035 lunches were served to children at five sites for the six-week program: First Presbyterian Church, Garden Manor Apartments, the Lincoln Community Center, Richards Chapel and Troy Rec.
A special thank you goes to the THOU Board and Wallick Property Management Co. for the use of the Garden Manor community room, and to the Thou Board, the Troy Foundation, the Miami County Foundation, the Altrusa Club, and the First United Methodist Church, for financial support of this program.
A huge thank you goes to Sarah Murphy of the Molly Murphy Unicorn Foundation for sponsoring 10 pairs of running shoes from Up and Running in downtown Troy.
We so appreciate these site supervisors, Sara Wickliffe at the Richards Chapel site, Janet Larck, Annette Stine, and Susan Thokey with Lunch Buddies at the Troy Rec, JoAnn Anderson at the Lincoln Community Center site, Cyndy Shreffler and Linda West with the Garden Manor site, Robin Sholley at the First Presbyterian site, Sharon Babcock, Jane Baughman and Tammy Price with the Troy City Schools Food Service, Mark Scott for transportation of the food, and the Troy-Miami County Public Library for bookmobile service.
We are indebted to the weekly help of volunteers from these churches at the Garden Manor site and packing lunches at the Troy High School kitchen: Troy Church of the Nazarene, Troy Church of the Brethren, Trinity Episcopal Church, First Baptist Church of Troy, First United Methodist Church, St. Pat’s Catholic Church, Tabernacle of the Lord Jesus Christ, and First Lutheran Church.
For sharing their time to bring educational programs to the children of Garden Manor we thank Karen Purke for art lessons through the Hayner Cultural Center, Lisa Goodall from the OSU Extension Office for nutrition and fitness fun, Brukner Nature Center for a live animal talk, Laura Beth Fraley and Brett Chesser for music entertainment during the tea party, Janice Brenneman for music appreciation, and Nancy Royer from WACO for the paper rocket activity. Only through the generosity and willingness of these community servants could Troy Lunch Club succeed in its mission. Thank you, Troy, for being there for us, so we can be there for the children of Troy.
— Ruth Scott
Program Director, Troy Lunch Club