Inter-Faith receives grant for youth program

Inter-Faith Ministries has been awarded $2,000 grant to jump-start a new program that will involve youth in addressing hunger and homelessness for children.

A foundation for Sodexo, an international food-service agency, provided the grant for training and related expenses, said Kat Franchino, who is heading up the new program for Inter-Faith.

“We serve more than 6,000 youths,” she said, “but we haven’t had a lot of ways for the youth to give back. This program will help them do that.”

High school students will serve on an advisory council that will help develop ideas to meet the needs of children in the Wichita area. During their monthly meetings, the council members will visit agencies that help meet a wide-range of needs for children, do a service project and have a dinner, Franchino said.

The council’s first meeting was Thursday, when they went to the Daily Bread Food Pantry.

In addition, the council and Inter-Faith will partner with local colleges to host food drives for pantries, culminating with Global Youth Service Day, April 26-28.

The program will wrap up May 23 with the Inter-Faith Youth Challenge at Wichita State University, a fundraiser where middle school and high school students will compete in athletic and non-athletic events such as running, swimming and chess.

High school students interested in serving on the council should call Inter-Faith at 316-264-9303.

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