Food program available in Ticonderoga

To the Times of Ti:

Thanks so much for your excellent recent opinion piece (editorial July 13) on the problem of childhood hunger in our area!

This is a disturbing and growing problem and I hope your editorial will draw the much deserved attention this problem needs.

The Kiwanis BackPack Program has been and will continue to be an effort to remedy childhood hunger on weekends during the school year in Ticonderoga and Crown Point. However, the next question that most people ask after they understand the mission of the BackPack Program is, “What happens to these children in the summertime?”

The re-establishment of the Ticonderoga summer youth program was an effort focused primarily on helping to address the childhood hunger problem in the summer months. However, it has been difficult to get the message out that Ticonderoga is an open site and that the free food is available to all children age 18 and under. This is distinctly the extra added bonus of starting up the summer program once again.

Thanks again for emphasizing that aspect of the program.

John Bartlett, president

Ticonderoga Kiwanis

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