Summer Food Programs; Local And Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts; The Glass Slipper Project
On the 21st: What different food pantries are doing to help kids get the meals they need during the summer months. Then, a few great options for any last-minute Mother's Day presents. Also, a look into the Glass Slipper Project, a non-profit organization that donates prom dresses.
The warm weather means we are finally seeing the beginning of summertime. But summertime also means we are in the last few weeks of the school year for many in our state, and although that may be great news for many, it isn't for all.
"Unfortunately, in the summer months it just continues to climb, because there are not as many opportunities for kids to access the free lunch and breakfast programs."— The 21st (@21stShow) May 11, 2018
—Kim Adams-Bakke, executive director of Rock River Valley Pantry, on hunger during the summer months.
For many families and children who struggle with hunger, summer means even greater challenges. 1 in 5 kids in Illinois don't know where their next meal is coming from, and if they're relying on free and reduced lunch at school, the question during the summer is always how to fill in that gap.
Molly Delaney, VP of Development with Eastern Illinois Foodbank, says some of the most helpful food items to donate are: "canned meats, or complete meals - so things like ravioli or spaghetti-Os, canned beans and other vegetables, canned fruit, boxed meals and peanut butter."— The 21st (@21stShow) May 11, 2018
On today's show, we talked about what is driving this need across the state, and what local food pantries are doing to get healthy meals to people during the summer months. We were joined by Kim Adams-Bakke, the Executive Director of the Rock River Valley Food Pantry, and Molly Delaney, Vice President of Development at the Eastern Illinois Food Bank.
If you got a yellow plastic bag outside your house, you can put some donated food inside and leave it for the post office to pick up on Saturday, May 12.— The 21st (@21stShow) May 11, 2018
Mother's Day is coming up this Sunday, and if you haven’t yet gotten something special for your mom, or your grandmother, aunt or mother to your own kids, don’t worry - it’s not too late. There are a lot of great ways to say thank you while still supporting makers and bakers here in Illinois.
Hey Mom, I got you a macaron tower!— The 21st (@21stShow) May 11, 2018
Who could resist?
There’s also brunch & more at Incredibly Delicious in Springfield https://t.co/8AAmCQ9KQt #IllinoisMade #MothersDayGifts pic.twitter.com/2IcE7fC3d8
And a few of them joined us on the show today. Joshua Baker is the owner of Cocoa Blue Chocolates in Rochester Illinois, just outside Springfield. Melanie Dineen is from Springfield at the bakery and cafe Incredibly Delicious. And Jill Miller is from Hooey Batiks.
Springtime means it’s time for for the glitz and glam of prom for high schoolers across the state. But, between the dress, shoes, hair, nails, ticket and transportation, attending prom nowadays can cost hundreds of dollars.
Every year since 1999, one Chicago based non-profit has made the financial burden a little bit lighter for some local teens. The Glass Slipper Project collects donated new and gently used dresses, shoes, and accessories and provides them to high school juniors and seniors at no cost.
It’s a full service process as the girls and their personal shoppers move from dresses to shoes to accessories. They can even get alterations.
"Women come from far and wide to get dresses," says Liz Kores from The Glass Slipper Project. The Chicago based volunteer organization had girls come all the way from Champaign this year to get dresses.— The 21st (@21stShow) May 11, 2018
We were joined today by Liz Kores who sits on the board of directors for The Glass Slipper Project, as well as Shayla Beich, a senior at Amundsen High School who recently got her dress from The Glass Slipper Project.
"When I put on that blue dress... when I finally got it on I started crying and everyone was clapping for me... it was amazing really," says Shayla Beich about her prom dress from The Glass Slipper Project. pic.twitter.com/B1QPM9bZU8— The 21st (@21stShow) May 11, 2018