I was grateful to see your Nov. 22 article on the newly formed Hilton Head Island Backpack Buddies program.
The excellent article gave details concerning the formation of this new nonprofit organization, whose mission is to ensure that youngsters who get subsidized meals during the school week do not go hungry on weekends. As the article pointed out, about 80,000 children in coastal South Carolina go hungry every day. Facts like this tend to get washed away by the tides of our beautiful beaches. It is easy to forget there are many people who need our help.
Kudos to Janet Weingarten, Twyla Sable, Judie Aronson and other members of Congregation Beth Yam who saw a need and pursued a solution. Their initiative and vision helped create a program that provides child-friendly, nutritional food on weekends to 50 youngsters in three Hilton Head elementary schools. Under their leadership, a partnership was formed with the Lowcountry Food Bank. They reached out to area churches, and the congregations of St. Andrew By-the-Sea United Methodist Church and First Presbyterian Church responded with time, talent, treasure and work space.
In a few short months, these women have created an ecumenical team focused on a common goal: Help eradicate hunger on Hilton Head. The need for this program extends far beyond 50 youngsters, but as they say, you have to start somewhere. I am certain that as individuals, churches and organizations learn more about Backpack Buddies, they will want to offer their support.
Carole Galli Hilton Head Island