The Bexley Summer Food Program made a difference during the school district's winter break by providing groceries for 17 local families, thanks to the Bexley High School Environmental Club.
The group donated all of the non-perishable food collected during a recent food drive to the Bexley Summer Food Program in late December, allowing the group to continue its free meal program into the cold winter months for the first time.
About 900 boxes and cans of food were delivered to the families -- including 54 children -- along with fresh foods provided by the Summer Food Program. Bexley City Schools counselors helped identify families in need of help when free lunch and breakfast are not available.
The Bexley Summer Food Program started in 2013, delivering to families in need over the nine weeks that school was out. The program is supported by grants from the Bexley Community Foundation, the Developmental Assets Resource Network and the St. Vincent dePaul Society.
School board member Mike Denison, who spearheaded the program, said the group also plans to deliver food during the week of spring break.