Local Elks Club receives $10,000 for Share Bear Snack Pack program

KCBY, Nov 6, 2010

Hungry students on the South Coast can rest assure that their extra Snack Packs will be ready and waiting for them for another year, after the Coos Bay Elks Club announces they’ve received yet another large grant to fund Bunker Hill students.

Five thousand lunch bags were being labeled at the Elks Lodge on Saturday afternoon, all to fill with healthy goodies for the Share Bear Snack Pack Program.

In a partnership with Oregon Coast Community Action, volunteers stuff over 600 bags each week, to administer to kids from Reedsport, all the way to Brookings.

The Coos Bay Elks Club sponsors Bunker Hill Elementary, with the aid of the Elks National Foundation’s annual $10,000 grant.  But this will be the last year they’re eligible for that.

Elks Member, Sharon Koberstein says since starting the program in 2009, they’ve seen an increase of need, by more than t300%

“More kids are in need and so organizations have stepped forward and we’ve continued to support the program,” said Koberstein.  “We have fundraisers, we have dinners and so we’re trying to build up funds because this is the last year that we can get the Impact Grant.”

These packs are given to children who were identified as at risk for returning to homes with little to no food over the weekend or during school breaks.

For more information on how to donate and help families in your community, go to http://orcca.us/programs/foodshare/sbsp.html