Misericordia University To Host Benefit To Support Dinners For Kids Program

The Department of Social Work at Misericordia University is holding a benefit on Sunday, March 20 from 4-9 p. m. at Ole Tyme Charley’s Restaurant and Pub, 31 S. River St., Plains, in support of the newly expanded Dinner with Kids Program in the region. For a donation of $25, guests will enjoy dancing to the music of three local bands, raffles, games and prizes, and a menu of food and beverages, including pizza and wings.

Proceeds will benefit the Dinner with Kids Program, which provides nutritionally balanced meals year round to underprivileged children in the Wyoming Valley West and Dallas School districts.

The Dinner for Kids Program was established in 2011 by David and Edna Tevet, owners of Ollie’s Restaurant in Edwardsville. Initially, the restaurant provided the food and volunteers delivered six free meals a week to 40 school-aged children in need in the West Side communities of the Wyoming Valley West School District. The program has grown to serve 120 children as many as 37,000 meals per year.

The program is currently being expanded. A contingent of Misericordia University social work students are among the volunteers working with the Dallas School District. They will soon help deliver meals prepared by Metz Culinary Management on the campus of Misericordia University to underprivileged students in the Back Mountain area. A training session was held recently on campus for students and volunteer drivers of the program.

Additional volunteers are needed to help package the food and deliver it to children’s homes. For more detailed information or to register as a volunteer, please log on to the organization’s website at www.DinnersforKids.org.

For additional information on the March 20 Dinners for Kids benefit, please contact Susan McDonald, Ph. D., M. S. W., L. C. W., assistant professor and social work field director, Misericordia University, (570) 674-6212, smcdonal@misericordia.edu.