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M-EALS Program Needs Help Feeding Hungry Students This Holiday

By Kerry Longobucco.
A meal program that feeds hungry Maine-Endwell students is in need of your help this holiday.

M-EALS stands for Maine-Endwell Assisting Local Spartans. Throughout the year, the program delivers food to families of students who qualify for free or reduced lunch during weekends and vacations -- when children aren't eating lunch and breakfast at school.

The non-profit is currently helping feed more than 100 families in the district. Rachel murat, a teacher at Maine-Endwell and president of the M-EALS program, says that number is growing every year. The program is funded through donations alone -- and this year, it's going to take a lot of food to keep the bellies of students full throughout the long holiday break.

"Long vacations cause problems for families to be able to meet that need for food, but then you add on top of it the stress of the holidays," Murat said. "Just because a kid is living in a food unstable house in an impoverished situation doesn't mean that they don't want christmas presents. It's a lot of strain on parents."

The program aims to make three deliveries to each home throughout winter break -- so that no Spartan has to struggle for food this Christmas.

If you'd like to help by donating food or cash, email Rachel Murat at rmurat@me.stier.org.

You can also stop by Enfield's Irish Pub, located at 800 Hooper Rd. in Endwell, between 4 and 7:30 p.m. this Friday. Guest bartenders will be working hard to make some money for M-EALS. All tips will go directly to the program.