Monday, April 11, 2011

Springboro Community Assistance Center (SCAC)'s Opening Day food drive had a disappointing start, as the Opening Day ceremony was crushed by the rain on Saturday, April 9, 2011.

"Most families simply forgot their donation and then the weather, which had been threatening all morning, let loose during the Opening Day ceremony," said director Wendy Ford on the SCAC Facebook page.  "This means we are still in danger of running short of food this summer."

For many at-risk children, meals received at school are the mainstay of their diets. During weekends and vacations from school, access to adequate and nutritious food is limited. Supplies from local food pantries such as Springboro Community Assistance Center allow families to provide their children with a decent meal during those times.

Caring members of the community are already stepping up to help. Sammy Oda, daughter of Clearcreek Township fiscal officer Linda Oda, has asked guests of her upcoming Sweet 16 birthday to bring bags of food for SCAC in lieu of gifts. Local children's charity Hannah's Treasure Chest, and Springboro's Tamarack Swim Club have passed the need along to their supporters.

"Cereal, peanut butter, jelly, bread, Deluxe Mac and Cheese, canned tuna, Tuna Helper, pasta, and meat pasta sauce are all good as they require little or no "extra" ingredients," Ford wrote in her post. "For non-food: shampoo, body wash/soap and toothbrushes are always needed."

To donate, contact Wendy Ford at the Springboro Community Assistance Center at or 937-572-6488. Visit the website at:

Submitted by: Leslie Marsh

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