BEND, Ore. - MountainStar Family Relief Nursery is extremely pleased to announce that the Broken Top Community Association collected 3,523 pounds of food (over 1.7 tons) from residents of the Broken Top community this week and donated it to MountainStar for distribution to approximately 100 families.
Families served by MountainStar qualify as low-income, with many living on less than $1,000 a month.
Their fifth annual food drive was held on Monday November 12 and was spearheaded by Marie Matthews and several Broken Top residents.
"If feels great to get together in our neighborhood and do something to help families with young children in Deschutes County who are facing hard times," says Marie Matthews.
Food boxes provide a family with food for a week, including fresh fruit and vegetables, quality meat, treats for the children and lots of great food for their pantry (cans, packaged meals, soups, pasta, etc.).
Broken Top residents collected 10 full thanksgiving dinners complete with fresh whole turkeys and hams, potatoes, vegetables and desert.
"We deeply appreciate the gracious donation from the Broken Top Community Association for the food donated. The families who received the food boxes are touched by the goodwill of others who care enough to help put food on the table over the holiday season," said Tim Rusk, Executive Director.
About MountainStar Family Relief Nursery:
Nationally accredited, MountainStar Family Relief Nursery ("MountainStar") provides crisis intervention and a therapeutic classroom for 300 babies and young children from 6 weeks to 4 years old. These children come from families with multiple risk factors for child abuse and neglect, including low income, homelessness, mental health issues, domestic violence, and substance abuse. Children at this critical age represent 40% of the victims of child abuse and are at a stage in their development when it is essential to have attached and attentive caretakers. Relief Nurseries have documented success in reducing family risk factors for child abuse and neglect, improving family functioning and self-sufficiency and reducing foster care utilization. For more information about MountainStar and its programs, please visit www.mountainstarfamily.org.