Article and photos by Staff writer
Dozens braved a chilly mid-December Monday to enjoy some terrific food and lively company at the 279 Bar & Grill in Plains. For a $15 adult cover ($5 for children) supporters of the Dinners for Kids program were able to select from a buffet featuring the culinary works of Chefs John Tabone, James Guasto, Michael Langdon, and Chris Mullin. Additional treats lined the bar.
The non-profit Dinners for Kids program was founded in February 2011 by Ollie’s owner David Tevet, providing around 34,000 meals to food-insecure children in the Wyoming Valley in its mere three years of operation. The nutritious dinners are prepared six days per week for each participating child, all year ‘round. The organization’s brochure states:
— This program depends on grants from endowments and donations from corporations and individuals. The program is volunteer based, so all donated funds are used directly to fund the program.
— Our goal is to create a sustainable program that can be replicated in the region and beyond.
— The program has expanded beyond the 40 initial children, and we are hoping to reach the most vulnerable children in our community.
— The children of our community are truly our future leaders and need a chance to appropriately grow and develop emotionally, mentally, and physically without the worries of being without a proper meal.
Learn more at www.DinnersforKids.org. Interested participants may reach David Tevet at (570) 262–7839.