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FUEL program feeds hungry children
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Members of First United Methodist Church, along with volunteers in the community, fill enough bags with food to feed 30 children per weekend.The FUEL program (Full Uv Emmaeus Love) targets children whose main source of food may be the lunch they receive at school.It may be hard to believe, but there are children in Warren County who do not eat between lunch on Friday and breakfast on Monday.The FUEL program places food in the backpacks of children on Friday afternoons.Jane Tramel of First United Methodist Church said volunteers help her and members of her church fill 90 bags every three weeks. Thirty bags are sent out each week to students. The bags are filled with 16 items such as juice, cereal bars, peanut butter crackers, cheese crackers, pudding, applesauce, cookies and gummies.“We have a small grant that helps pay for the food, but it is very small,” said Tramel.