One Voice in Pineville feeds students during strike

Wyoming County
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An organization in Wyoming County made sure students’ needs were still met amid the teacher strike.

With schools closed Tuesday because of the strike, many children went without the school lunches they depend on everyday. When news of the strike came out Monday evening, Director of One Voice in Pineville, Debra Davis, said she sprung into action. 

“We are here to support the children and we know that they need fed, so that’s why we’re here,” Davis explained. 

Tuesday morning, volunteers spent the entire afternoon preparing bagged lunches of donated food for any students who might not eat without a school meal. They filled plastic bags with individual portions of non-perishable food items that even a 2-year-old could open. 

Davis is a former teacher. She said she knows first-hand how many kids in the area depend on school lunches. 

“I was teaching at that time and we found out that kids were coming to school, a lot of our high risk kids, for breakfast, lunch and love,” Davis said.

Davis said all she had to do was post on facebook and volunteers showed up ready to lend a hand. Even some students came to help out while school was closed, like Westside High School Student, Julie Brown. 

“I definitely see a lot of kids at my school that I know need school lunches, and when you’re making these food bags you think that you’re making them for a random kid out there, but you’re really not, you’re making them for your peers, the people you sit beside in class everyday. So yes it’s very important that we make these food bags to be able to feed our classmates,” Brown said.

Volunteers had an impressive pile of bags stacked up before noon, and planned to scope out potential sites to drop them off. Students were welcome to stop by one voice and grab a bag anytime before 4 p.m. 

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