Quaker Meeting Children Raise More Than $1,000 for Food Bank
During an April 20 dinner at the Newtown Quaker Meetinghouse, the children raised $1,164 for the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank
Each year, the young people at Newtown Quaker Meeting host a lasagna dinner to raise funds for a charity of their choice. This year, the children selected Mercer Street Friends Food Bank in Trenton, N.J.
During the April 20 dinner at the Newtown Quaker Meetinghouse, the children raised $1,164 for the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank, a Quaker-based social service agency that serves nearly 30,000 people in and around Trenton.
Previous recipients of the funds raised by the Quaker Kids Lasagna Dinner include: Haiti Relief, Penndel Food Pantry, Save Darfur, Heifer International, Philadelphia Friends Center Green Building Project, and Right Sharing of World Resources, a micro-loan program founded by world Quakers.
This year's event was organized and run by 82 children in grades one to six. They sold the tickets, collected the funds, served the food and washed the dishes, according to Norval Reece of the Meeting.
Bill Heinemann, the chairman of the Mercer Street Friends Board and a Newtown resident, said the event was “terrific.” Heinemann, a Newtown Quaker Meeting member, said, “as they so often do, the children are showing us the way. In choosing Mercer Street Friends, the children made an important connection to children and families in need just across the river.”
“Local agencies like Mercer Street Friends are taking on an increasingly important role, and rely even more on donations from individuals and organizations,” he added.