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Daleville staff members help combat student hunger

Jan. 25—DALEVILLE — Breaks and weekends can mean "hunger" for some students at Daleville Elementary School, prompting action from the school counselor and social worker.

"We want to ensure that basic needs are being met," Nicole Crabtree, counselor at the elementary, said Thursday afternoon.

She and Macey Baird, the district's social worker, created the food bag program by which students receive a bag of food to get them through the weekends and breaks.

Since its inception in late-December, roughly 12 families have participated. Crabtree is convinced the need is greater, but resources have been scarce.

The young program has one local church as a food supplier. The rest, Crabtree said, she purchased at a Gordon Food Service store.

Daleville Community Schools discussed this need Monday night during its school board meeting.

Board President Diane Evans wondered if other local churches could get involved.

However, she didn't know what the program needed.

"Did she send anything out about what they're asking for?" Evans asked Elementary Principal Jason Rees.

Rees responded, saying Crabtree sent out a newsletter to staff members and some local businesses.

Families have not yet received a newsletter because there's not enough food.

The program needs non-perishable food items as well as juice boxes and snacks. Donations could be dropped off at the school's office, Crabtree said Thursday afternoon.

Food items aren't all that are needed.

She and Baird are also working on a program called, "Bronco Stable," a pantry by which students can receive necessities. Such necessities include shoes, coats and hygiene products.

They've distributed five coats and about the same amount of shoes as of Thursday.

Items may be donated at the front office.

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