It takes 2 villages to feed the children

Tim Cote, a Thrive Mentor and assistant wrestling coach for Chelan High School hands out meals on Friday, March 20, at Chelan High School. / RuthEdna Keys/LCM

Members of the Thrive Cares Team took turns handing out weekend meals on March 20 in Chelan. / RuthEdna Keys/LCM

Parents and students waiting in line to receive their weekend food bags in Chelan on March 20. / RuthEdna Keys/LCM

One of the bags of food given away Friday afternoon.

Harper Helleson (left) and Kevin Martin, part of the Thrive Cares team at the Manson meal giveaway on March 20. / Courtesy Thrive Chelan Valley

Members of the Thrive Cares Team at the Manson meal giveaway on March 20. / Courtesy Thrive Chelan Valley

CHELAN - MANSON - Thrive Chelan Valley is offering weekend food support in Chelan and Manson, via their established Food2Schools program, for school-aged (PK-12 Grade) students during the temporary school closures. They gave away meals until their supplies ran out, which was 328 between the Manson and Chelan sites combined. The Cares Team developed a plan to provide drive-through weekend food support to families of registered Chelan and Manson students on Friday evenings, 5-7 p.m. thru April. All of the folks handing out Food2Schools bags are volunteering for Thrive as part of their Cares team and team members wear multiple hats (school personnel, mentors, coaches, etc).  They have raised $3,700 towards their initial goal is $6,600 which will help support weekend meals from now through the initial school closures of April 24. If schools are closed for longer, they may need to adjust that goal to continue meeting the needs of the Chelan and Manson youth. Thrive Chelan Valley is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to ensuring that all youth in the Lake Chelan valley have everything they need to reach their full potential. To make a donation by mail send it to: Thrive Chelan Valley, PO Box 3051, Chelan, WA 98816. More photos at

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