A week ago, we weren’t sure how we wanted to handle May’s Donation Creation. We’ve seen so much need on every level: national, state, regional, and of course local. As we asked around in our communities, a few causes jumped out at us and made us pause. We intended to pour every dollar of May Donation Creation money you help us raise directly into our towns. These funds will help families struggling to find nourishing food and the organizations that make that happen. It’s a little more effort to give in this way, rather than to one regional charity, but we know the greatest impact is felt on the smallest scale.
The work being done by the Morton Community Foundation is always inspirational, and the lightening-fast response they have had to this crisis is one more example of the great work they do. They have already implemented a Morton Area Disaster Relief Fund AND are issuing their first round of grant distributions of over $20,000 in the coming week.
If you run a nonprofit serving the Morton area, sit on the board, or are even a volunteer at an organization that might qualify, please don’t hesitate to investigate further! Read more about the fund, make a donation of your own, and get in touch with MCF on their website.
Tremont Schools, in cooperation with local churches, started providing weekend snack packs for families across the District when the COVID-19 pandemic closures began. While these meals are non-reimbursable from the state, it was important to maintain this service as stressed families faced uncertainties related to the unprecedented health crisis facing our country. Local churches and the Tremont Food Pantry stepped up to assist this effort.
Any child in the school district, regardless of age or enrollment, has been eligible to receive a free lunch each weekday during the school year. The snack packs supplement this much appreciated and needed service to our community. Contact the District Office for more information.
St. Mary’s Catholic School is collecting gift cards and donations to serve families at their school during this time. Groceries and gas are the most needed resources right now, so our intention is to use the funds raised from our Metamora shop’s Donation Creation to purchase IGA gift cards to be distributed to needy families. Additional donations and inquiries can be directed to Rich Koehler at St. Mary’s School.
This month we are featuring the:
Honey Bee Latte
We’re introducing this brand new drink as a way to celebrate the warmer weather, and all things Spring! The Honey Bee Latte combines locally sourced, all natural honey, with French vanilla and lavender flavors. It’s topped off with whipped cream and raw sugar crystals.