For the 16th consecutive year, The Feinstein Foundation will divide $1 million among hunger fighting agencies nationwide. The more money and food JNP was able to raise between March 1 and April 30, the more of the Feinstein money JNP will receive.
Northside PRIDE partnered with the Joint Neighborhood Project to participate in this program.
To support Joint Neighborhood Project and Hunger's Pervasive Footprints in Chautauqua County, Northside PRIDE was able to collect 100 food items in their inaugural spring food drive.
Pictured above Ken Sohmer, Northside PRIDE member; Kurt Carlson, Northside PRIDE member; Ruth Baker, Northside PRIDE member; and Kayla Wendell, Joint Neighborhood Project office manager.
"I was proud of my neighbors' efforts," says Kurt Carlson, member of Northside PRIDE, "to donate a small but sizable sum of dried and canned goods for this food drive; all in all we collected 100 food items. Coupled with matching Feinstein funds ($1 per item), that's a rather meaningful donation."
Research has shown "hunger's fingerprints" are everywhere, including poor school performance, increase in crime, child and domestic abuse, prostitution and use of alcohol. Where there is poverty, there is hunger. The poverty rate in Chautauqua County is 16.5 percent.
Northside PRIDE is fighting hunger in other ways as well, by increasing food access on the north side. With the guidance of The Jamestown Renaissance center and its budding Grow Jamestown campaign, Northside PRIDE will be installing a community garden on its vacant Grant Street properties. Interested northside residents are invited to attend the Community Garden Meeting, which will be held today at 6:30 p.m. at the Jamestown Free Methodist Church, 515 E. Seventh St.