30-hour fast: Fighting hunger in Siouxland one school lunch account at a time
SIOUX CITY, Ia —
Community members of Sioux City are coming together to help fight hunger in our the Sioux City Community School District.
Ten residents are going on a thirty hour fast for the thirty million word gap, which comes from the fact students of lower income families enter school hearing thirty million less words than those in higher income households.
Along with that initiative the residents are raising money to help pay off delinquent lunch accounts in the school district.
"We've got just over $5000 in unpaid lunch bills, this will help to offset those expenses so the kids can get back onto the free lunch plan. We've got a great online platform so you can pledge $10 to just support one hour of our fasters out there participating," said Kari Kellen, executive director of the Sioux City Public School Foundation.
Fasting began today at 11:00 this morning and ends tomorrow night at 5:00.
At that time, a reception will be held at Buffalo Alice for an announcement on how much money was raised.