PRINCETON — Another Child Foundation, the non-profit charity known to provide humanitarian aid to Romania’s at-risk children, has started-up a new project that will also benefit local children.
The 10,000 Bushel Project is aimed to get local farmers involved to help support at-risk children throughout their community and the world.
Local executive director for Another Child Foundation Tim Oloffson explained farmers can have the opportunity to donate a small percentage of their crops to help raise money to support local backpack programs in area schools, such as the Buddy Bag Programs.
“We’re going to designate most of the money to stay local to the backpack programs,” Oloffson said. “The other portion will help support at-risk kids in Romania.”
Another Child Foundation has partnered up with Marquis Grain, Michlig Grain and Patriot Renewable Fuels LLC to help out with the project.
Farmers who are interested in making a donation can do so when they take their crops to local elevators.
“Everything we do is to make a difference in the lives of kids,” Oloffson said.
Last year, Another Child Foundation helped serve 51,000 meals to kids in Romania.
Oloffson shared a statistic about the importance of children receiving proper nutrition before sending them to school.
“If you have an average kid who goes into a classroom, they are going to retain 50 to 60 percent of what they learn. If a child goes into the school hungry, they are only going to retain 50 percent of what the average student learned. If they are staving, they are only going to retain 5 percent of what the average student learned,” he explained. “How are we ever going to train these kids to be on their own if they aren’t going to learn in schools just because they are hungry?”
Farmers have until the end of the year to make a donation to the 10,000 Bushel Project, once they calculate their yields and decide how much they willing to give away to non-profit.
“(Farmers) can produce food at amazing rates, and I think it’s just very Biblical for them to give a portion of their food away to help at-risk kids,” Oloffson said. “We’re turning bushels into money and then using that money on food for the kids.”
Another Child Foundation is a registered 501c3 charity, and all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
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