Michigan Education Association

A semi truck filled with food

Public school employees to feed 400 needy families

Corunna, Mich.Members of the Shiawassee County Education Association, an affiliate of the Michigan Education Association, will distribute an entire semi filled with food to hundreds of local families hit hard by the economic crisis on Saturday, March 7, 2009. 

More than 50 teachers, support staff and student volunteers will gather at the Shiawassee Road Commission to pass out fresh fruit and vegetables, baked goods, and boxed, canned and frozen food. The SCEA is teaming up with the Red Cross to make sure each family is served. 

The idea was the brainchild of Owosso Support Staff President Cindy Knight, who saw the impact that the recent economic turmoil has had on the community. The 1,200 members of the local association embraced the project, raising thousands of dollars in a short period of time and involving the community in the effort. 

The food will be passed out from the road commission hangar beginning at 8:30 a.m. but 400 families are expected to line up as early as 5 a.m. Hot chocolate and coffee will be served to those waiting in line, and members of the honor society and other student groups will also be there to lend a helping hand.

WHERE: Shiawassee County Road Commission, 701 W. Corunna Ave., Corunna

WHEN: Saturday, March 7, 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. (or until food is gone)

The SCEA food distribution is one of many community service projects that public school employees are spearheading to help the hungry and homeless over the next few months.

Contact: Patty Helmer, Shiawassee County Education Association 989-277-8126

 “The mission of the MEA is to ensure that the education of our students and the working environments of our members are of the highest quality.”



Updated: March 4, 2009 12:11 PM