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[LIBERTY] –Sullivan Renaissance Project Assistants organized a day of service to help Sullivan County youth have a nourishing meal at home. The idea to provide students with backpacks filled with healthy foods came from Project Assistant Cheyanne Matulewich, of Neversink, after hearing a presentation about obesity by Amanda Langseder, Director of Community Health with the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.
“As a child who has received a back pack in the past, this project really hit home. It is important to me because I truly know how much this means to a person who is hungry. It was a heart-warming and fulfilling feeling to see this project come to fruition,” said Cheyanne.
Fellow Project Assistants jumped on board quickly, gathering donations and shopping for nutritious food items to add to the bags. SueAnn Boyd, Healthy Schools Coordinator for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County, assisted the group with identifying and purchasing healthy food within a budget.
The Project Assistants filled backpacks donated by Fidelis Care for the project, and then distributed them to the Liberty, Monticello, Fallsburg and BOCES school districts to share with their students.
The Sullivan Renaissance Youth Development and Project Assistant Program is a paid educational summer employment opportunity. The program is administered in partnership with the Sullivan County Center for Workforce Development.
Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation with support from Bold Gold Media Group, Fisher Mears Associates, The River Reporter, The Sullivan County Democrat and Thompson Sanitation. For information, contact 845-295-2445 or SullivanRenaissance.org.