Jackson County honors volunteers who feed kids
With one in five local kids lacking enough food at home, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners honored two women who help make sure children don’t go hungry.
The Rogue Powerpack Program sends needy kids home with a backpack full of food for the weekend ― when they lack access to free and reduced-price meals at school.
This week, commissioners presented the county’s Community Service Award for May to LeAnn Mobley and Dianne Mihocko.
Mobley said a whole group of volunteers helps in the effort to feed elementary school kids.
“We really appreciate the recognition for our program,” she said.
The duo were nominated by the Eagle Point School District for the county’s monthly volunteer recognition award.
Eagle Point School District Superintendent Andrew Kovach said there are kids who wouldn’t get a square meal on the weekend without Rogue Powerpack Program food.
“It does make a difference,” he said.
Having enough healthy, balanced food improves kids’ academic performance and also their school attendance. Half of public school students in Jackson County are from low-income families, according to the Rogue Powerpack Program.
One grateful child thanked volunteers by writing, “I want to thank you for your kindness. Because of you, my tummy is not hungry.”
Mobley has been involved with the program since 2013 and is the current president of the board of directors.
Mihocko heads up the Rogue Powerpack Program at Table Rock Elementary in White City. The program launched there during the 2018-2019 school year.
Mihocko is a member of the Eagle Point Women’s Club and the Eagle Point Women’s Golf Club, which provide volunteers for the program.
Jackson County Commissioner Colleen Roberts said it’s great to see the women’s groups lending a hand to help hungry kids.
“It’s a huge effort and it’s a huge need,” she said.
The nonprofit Rogue Powerpack Program currently serves 12 schools in four school districts. That represents about half of the elementary schools in the Rogue Valley, Mobley said.
“It’s a labor of love,” she said.
The program is made possible by volunteers, grants, donations, business sponsorships, food drives and other community support.
Organizers said $10 provides meals for a student for a weekend.
For more information, see roguepowerpack.org.