Read to Feed Challenge underway
The #WinterRead2022 is set to conclude Monday. This program is a partnership between the Harrison County Public Library, Tyson Foods and Walmart.
The community goal is to read 9,400 books. Tyson will donate 100 cases of chicken and Walmart a $75 gift card to Harrison County Community Services if the goal is met. In addition, all library branches are collecting canned food donations.
“Richard Cooper, the director of HCCS, verified that there are 600 families in Harrison County who are in need,” said Diana Lasky, youth services manager at Harrison County Public Library. “It takes 30,000 pounds of food a month to feed our families. This community reading challenge allows the library to help increase public awareness of those in need by collaborating with local businesses for support, a big win for the community.”
Harrison County schools have been challenged to participate. As an incentive, a visit from author Gabrielle Balkan will be awarded to the top reading school. Balkan is an Indiana author who currently lives in New York. Her visit will be made possible by a grant from Indiana Humanities.
Last year, the community was challenged to read 2,500 books to help feed Harrison County. Tyson offered to donate 100 cases of chicken if the goal was met. County residents read 8,131 books, and Tyson Foods went above and beyond by donating 181 cases of chicken. Each case is about 40 pounds and has 96 pieces of chicken. Also, the canned food drive totaled 404 pounds.
For more information about the challenge, call 812-738-4110 and ask for the Children’s Desk.