I would like to express my gratitude to the nearly 80 contributors comprised of area businesses, individuals and groups (Donald Koscevic, Wheeling Nisshin, Charlotte Umoja, Roanne Burech, Fred and Mary Ann Simmons, Ronnie and Diana Kreitzer, Charlie and Shirley Milton, Emmett Rice, Jr, Ruth Rice, Betty Pitts, Peggy Miller, Paige Midget, Dave and Cathy Knox, Carol Gongola, Dr. Susie Coddington, Chris Riley, Carol Mack, Rick and Cheche Price, Wayman AME Church, Janice Barnett, Keith Miller, Alfred and Cathy Williams, Dr. Michael Pipo, Lee and June Paull, Hancock Savings Bank, Kevin McGilton, Becky Gooch-Erbacher, Betty McGillen, Bordas & Bordas Law Offices, Lou Khourey, John Curtiss Design, Danny and Pam Dudley, Karen Miller, Wheeling Office Supply, Carroll and Mary Adams, Arthur and Jan Granda, Zigenfelder Company Inc., Technology Services Group Inc., Lisa Slie, Panhandle Lodge #74, Marguerite Wilson, Irvin and Kathy Shapell, Cornerstone Group, John Moore, Steve and Tina Martino, Delores Barnhart, Joan D. Weiskircher, Alma Cunningham, Sweet Dreams Mattress Factory, Ardell Mayhugh, David and Jeannie Miller, Bon Ton Stores Inc., Wylie Dental Care, Shannon Wilkes, Moogan Enterprises, Dr. Wang, Erin Miller, Richardson's Copy Concepts, Wheeling Country Day School, Max Construction, Castleman's Run United Methodist Church, American Sanitary Supply Inc., Morning Star Baptist Church, Laura Hayhurst, AAA Homes, Robert Herceg, Karen Grzeszczak, Harry and Della Reineke, Ed and Helen Hitchim, Western Branch Diesel, Weirton Kiwanis Club and Scott and Janice Hicks) who provided the financial support to make the 6th Annual Winter Dinner Giveaway provided to the families with young children enrolled in the Northern Panhandle Head Start Program a success.
Recent national statistics indicate that over 16 million children lived in food insecure (low food selection and very low food security) households in 2010.
Unfortunately, many of these children are those enrolled in the Early Head Start (birth to 3 years old) and Head Start (3-5 years old) program and reside right here in the Ohio Valley. Children enrolled in the Head Start program are offered a variation of a breakfast, lunch and snack depending on the hours of arrival and length of class time. Thirty-seven different menus are prepared for children across the five county area to meet individual dietary requirements based on food allergies and health concerns identified by the child's pediatrician.
We were humbled by the generosity of the donors that afforded us the opportunity to provide 481 families with a gift certificate to a local grocery store. This offers the added support for a family meal during the holiday break while the children are away from the classroom.
On behalf of the NPHS Inc. Board of Directors, thank you for your care and support of the young children of our communities.
Northern Panhandle Head Start Executive Director