YouthNet project succeeds

To the editor:

The United Way of Greater Fort Dodge would like to express our gratitude to all the people who contributed to the United Way-YouthNet Food Packaging event. Many generous individuals donated to this campaign, which enabled us to package more than 40,000 macaroni and cheese meals that have been distributed to organizations in our community. Each meal has additional protein and vitamins added for extra nourishment. These meals will be distributed to youths and their families in our community who are food insecure.

YouthNet is a coalition of schools, organizations and agencies that is focused on helping youth reach their full potential academically, socially and developmentally. The United Way of Greater Fort Dodge is partnering with the Fort Dodge Community School system and the St. Edmond Catholic School system to help our students overcome challenges that many of them face so they can thrive.

Many thanks to both Fort Dodge Senior High and St. Edmond High School students for their help promoting the event, recruiting more than 150 volunteers and packaging 40,000 meals on a Saturday morning. FDSH Counselor Peg Christensen was a great help, as was FDSH’s Todd Constable and his class.

The organizations that received the meals are Backpack Buddies, AFES, the Lord’s Cupboard, D/SAOC, YWCA Women and Children’s Residence, Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Beacon of Hope and The Salvation Army. We feel very fortunate to have such caring, energetic and hard-working people in our community.

Randy Kuhlman

Amy Kersten Bruno

United Way of Greater Fort Dodge