While I applaud The Times and the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana's "Summer of Care and Share Food Drive," I find several problems with the concept.
Only 1,000 of the 46,000 needy children will receive the boxes. I am extremely thankful I am not on the panel to decide which child may eat and the other 45 who will be left out.
Will the two months of summer time food be distributed as the end of the school year? If sent home then, I really doubt the entire family will allow that food to be "slowly" consumed over the next two months. I would give it about 10 days -- maximum.
A better and more sure plan would be to provide local locations where a child could go to get food, and consumed on the premises -- a school, church or a site within walking distance of the areas in greatest need.
I am sure the great minds in our area can come up with a comprehensive plan for better, and perhaps wider distribution and would not be cost-prohibitive.
- Jim McClellan, Portage