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Effort Helps Kids In Need Of Good Meals

November 22, 2018
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Effort Helps Kids In Need Of Good Meals

EDWARDSVILLE — Matt Borwick, his staff and volunteers were busy Wednesday preparing turkey dinners for more than 100 underprivileged kids at Ollie’s Restaurant.

But this good deed wasn’t a one-time Thanksgiving treat.

More than a year into his ownership of Ollie’s, Borwick has continued and expanded the Dinners for Kids program that started in 2011 under a previous owner.

“There’s a lot of hungry kids. It’s terrible to hear some of them don’t have anything to eat,” said Borwick, 32.

Ollie’s prepares six meals a week for about 120 kids in the Wyoming Valley West and Wilkes-Barre school districts.

Volunteers deliver two meals each Monday, Wednesday and Friday to the homes of the children who are referred to the program by local social service agencies.

The program relies on donations from the community and the network of volunteers who help prepare and deliver the meals. Recipients are appreciative of the generosity, Borwick said.

“There are a lot of people who give us calls and say thank you; they love the food and appreciate our service. We love to hear feedback,” Borwick said.

Dinners for Kids was founded in 2011 by former Ollie’s owner David Tevet and his wife Edna to deliver nutritionally balanced dinner meals to children in need.

Borwick’s father, Bob, who is chairman of the local Habitat for Humanity chapter and is a board member for the Dinners for Kids program, said the need is great in the community and they are always looking for donors and volunteers.

“When they go to school, they may get breakfast and lunch, but they might not get dinner when they go home,” Bob Borwick said. “We have a big need in the community that people might not be aware of.”

Contact the writer:

bkalinowski@citizensvoice.com

570-821-2055, @cvbobkal

 

TO DONATE:

Dinners For Kids

84 S. Wyoming Avenue

Edwardsville, PA 18704

ON THE WEB:

dinnersforkids.org

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