Oak Ridge students ‘Tackle Hunger’ in El Dorado Hills
Oak Ridge students spent last week spreading the message that people in our own community do, indeed, need help getting food on a daily basis. At halftime during Friday night’s football game against the Rocklin Thunder, the students’ three-day efforts in partnership with Rolling Hills Christian Church paid off when they presented a check for more than $14,000 to the Food Bank of El Dorado County.
The Food Bank provides food assistance to thousands of families and individuals in El Dorado County who can’t afford to meet their basic nutritional needs. Their single food distribution site in El Dorado Hills is at Rolling Hills Church two Tuesdays a month. “We have a distribution list a mile long,” said Teresa Kelly of her outreach efforts with Rolling Hills Church. “These are economic hard times. And events like these let people know it.”
That was what struck Oak Ridge students as what they took most from the awareness campaign.“It’s nice to raise awareness about hunger,” said Oak Ridge leadership student Alia Cook, 15. “But it surprised me that in El Dorado Hills there are people who need a food bank to eat. You’d think everyone would be privileged here, but they’re not.
Alia is one of many Oak Ridge students who spread that message beginning on Wednesday when leadership students, football players and cheerleaders wore “Tackle Hunger” t-shirts at lunch to kick-off the campaign. Classes competed in...