Kids 4 Kids is a program started by a local student to help combat hunger in Columbia County. (WRDW-TV / April 10, 2012)
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. -- Menley Creekmore has a lot on her plate these days. She's in Columbia County's 4-H club, is active in her Health Rocks Group and these days, she's heading up an organization she created called Kids 4 Kids.
"None of us really knew how we were gonna do it, but we wanted to do it," Menley said.
She was on a mission to help feed the hungry within her own school district. Now Kids 4 Kids has its own logo and is already serving students.
"I didn't realize the number; how many people are on free and reduced lunch and how many people need this program," she said.
Approximately 33 percent of the students in the county are on free and reduced lunch. The number of students that qualify could be higher than that, but many times, they don't apply.
"Columbia County has always been so sheltered," Menley said. "We always think we are rich; we don't really have the people that go hungry every weekend."
Menley found that's not the case -- even in Columbia County. Instead of getting the adults to solve the problem, Menley got her friends to join the effort.
"They started bringing in pennies, nickels and dimes, and its been a lot of fun getting them involved," said Menley's mother Marguerite Creekmore.
And $700 later they were able to sponsor a small number of students through the Golden Harvest Food Bank's Backpack Program and fill their bags with food so they don't go hungry over the weekend.
"However we want to shelter them from the world -- the world is out there; they need to understand that they can make a difference," Creekmore said.
This project is more than just a lending hand. For Menley, it's a motto to live by.
"Life is not worth living if you're not helping someone," she said.
If you want to donate money directly to the Golden Harvest Food Bank's Backpack Program, call (706) 736-1199.
You can also contact Menley about joining Kids 4 Kids via email at email@example.com.