Estimated 25 percent of Deep East Texas COG counties struggling with hunger issues
San Augustine - Deep East Texas Council of Government (DETCOG) Board Members received a report on the Retired and Senior Volunteers Program (RSVP) activities at their January meeting.
RSVP Program Director Renee Ricks started by reporting on the program’s food drive held in honor of the MLK Day of Service.
It’s estimated that up to 25 percent of the population of DETCOG Counties are struggling to avoid hunger. Board Members had been asked to bring a non-perishable food item to the meeting.
Those contributions will to go to Care & Share of San Augustine, which feeds approximately 600 families per month and provides backpacks filled with food to Headstart children every weekend.
The report on the RSVP program also included the donation of a $15,000 check to DETCOG by the RSVP Advisory Council. The council raises funds by sponsoring trips throughout the year to places as diverse as Alaska and Vermont. The money raised by the Council will be used as matching funds for the RSVP program operating grant.