F.I. Native Addresses Childhood Hunger  

The problem of childhood hunger was highlighted in Laurens yesterday at the Laurens Rotary Club. The author of a book on that subject, Heather Crick, told of how she became aware of childhood hunger through contact with a Mauldin elementary school. She said that as she began to research the subject, she was distressed at the lack of books on the issue and that this  lead to her writing A Prince for All.

The Fountain Inn native told of a “Christmas in Mauldin” event that raises money to help provide food to needy children. She also praised the work of the “”Backpack” project that provides food for children to carry home from school on Fridays in order to have food to eat over the weekend, noting that the only food some children get is from school.

Mrs. Crick was speaking yesterday at the request of Dr. George Ward, an administrator in District 55. He praised the work of District 55’s nutrition director Wanda Knight in administering the summer meals programs in schools to provide food for these children during the summer.

Heather Crick expressed appreciation that the Laurens Rotary Club participates in the “Backpack” program in District 55. Others, including several churches in the area, also participate in providing this food.

Mrs. Crick holds the title of Mrs. South Carolina, and she will be representing the Palmetto State in the Mrs. America completion this month in Las Vegas. This wife and mother of two children told Laurens Rotarians yesterday that she became involved in the Mrs. America competition after learning of how it can be a platform for promoting the need to address childhood hunger.