FULTON, NY – In the midst of another long cold winter OCO Nutrition Services is ensuring that those in its home delivered meal program have an emergency supply of food on hand in the event that they are unable to receive their regular meal due to inclement weather conditions.
With the help of area businesses, community members and student volunteers OCO has been collecting food for, preparing and delivering blizzard bags throughout Oswego County since November.
To date the program has prepared more than 800 blizzard bags, a number that, according to Christine Parks, volunteer coordinator with OCO Nutrition Services, far surpassed her expectations.
“My goal for this year was to prepare 600 blizzard bags. I am happy to say that thanks to the overwhelming response this program has received we have filled 825 blizzard bags! That has allowed us to begin a second release of blizzard bags, and with the weather we’ve had the extra bags are well needed,” said Parks.
From Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops to youth hockey teams, students from throughout Oswego County, and other caring individuals the level of volunteerism Parks has witnessed has been, and continues to be, impressive.
“We even received generous a donation from a family that made the blizzard bag project a family affair, they filled 24 blizzard bags along with an additional 12 pet blizzard bags,” said Parks.
Most recently students at the Fulton Community School collected food for and prepared 175 bags.
The bags were decorated by elementary school students in the Fulton City School District under the direction of art teacher Ben Jerred.
Established in 2013 the Fulton Community School organizes the resources of the community around student success.
Through extended hours, services and relationships the Fulton Community School re-conceives education as a coordinated, child-centered effort in which school, families, and communities work together to support students’ educational success, build stronger families and improve communities.
“I appreciate the effort that these students but into the blizzard bag project. They really enjoyed it and it was considerate of them to make preparing the Blizzard Bags an after school project,” added Parks.
For more information on donating or volunteering to assist with OCO’s “Blizzard Bag” program, call Parks at 598-4712 ext. 1807.