St. Ephrem School strikes back against hunger

St. Ephrem School can certainly make a penny go a long way.In a school-wide Lenten project called “Cents of Love,” St. Ephrem students worked together to raise and donate money towards Reaching-Out Community Services’ Food Pantry Program.Using only pennies, classes from nursery to eighth grade joined forces to raise over $875 in the fight against hunger. The top donating classes were K2 and K3, which raised a total of over $300.“It is encouraging that they are being aware and concerned about the hardship in regards to hunger,” said Thomas Neve, executive director and founder of Reaching-Out. “They are doing something that is not only acknowledging, but putting the children on board.”Reaching-Out Community Services Inc. is a non-profit organization that promotes self-sufficiency to low-income individuals and families who are facing hardship and offers them a place of hope in their time of need.Through initiatives such as this, from an early age, children are growing a concern in feeding the hungry within their community, allowing the food program to support 5,400 families that rely on this type of service.“These kids are molding into people who think of others before they think of themselves,” Neve says. “If we build the mind and heart together, their character will be remarkable.”For more information on Reaching-Out Community Services Inc. and the Food Pantry Program, visit

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