Realtors Collect Food for Local Family Resource Centers and Hotel Inc.

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Local realtors fought the weather this weekend, and gave up their homes, to collect nonperishable food items for local food pantries.

The food collected will be vital during the summer months for all of the pantries.

The realtors say it was worse than any camping trip they've been on, sleeping on a flooded campground, in a thunderstorm.

But they agree., it was worth it to collect more than 8,000 lbs.of food for local schools' family resource centers and Hotel Inc.

"They are going to use this food in the resource center to help the kids over the summertime so they have food to eat and then with Hotel Inc. of course, they have different families that come to them, homeless people, so it's going to feed a lot of people," says the Realtors Community Service Committee Chair, Cindy Payne.

For Warren County Schools' 19 family resource centers, funding is hard to come by.

"We don't have a budget or any funding really to provide that, so any food that we give out to families is based on any support we get from the community," says South Warren Middle School Family Resource Officer, Melissa Russell.

Donations become necessary over the summer break.

Warren Elementary serves food at the school to those in need during the summer, but as Warren Elementary Family Resource Officer Amy Carter explains, most don't have cars, and she is often responsible for bringing kids food during the summer.

"We have over 800 kids at our school, we're over 90 percent free lunch. Our needs our rapidly increasing, especially over the summer months. Kids are home and they don't get those two meals. Right now, they get breakfast and lunch at school, and a lot of times those families are needing more because those kids aren't getting those foods at home," Carter says.

"It's going to be a tremendous start. We're going to at least start with food in our food pantries that we know we will take to them and we'll just build on it. And if we need more we'll find it, because we make sure the kids are taken care of," says Briarwood Elementary Family Resource Officer, Janice Lockwood.

All family resource centers agree, the Hope for the Homeless event will keep hundreds of students from going hungry this summer.

The event provided the city and county schools with 4,000 lbs. of food, and Hotel Inc. received the other 4,000 lbs. of food collected.

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