ZANESVILLE, Ohio â€“ Thursday morning at a meeting with the Muskingum County Commissioners, a proclamation was awarded to the Muskingum County Hunger Network for their work to help the needy.
Christâ€™s Tableâ€™s Executive Director Keely Warden accepted the certificate from the Commissioners. Warden said that the recognition from the County came as a surprise, but was appreciated.
â€œIt was really a pleasant surprise this morning to receive this. We have so many volunteers that go out and do this just because they know itâ€™s the right thing to do. Itâ€™s what the Lord has brought them to do,â€ said Warden. â€œTo be recognized for that, we donâ€™t do it for recognition, but it sure does put a smile on your face.â€
Warden said one out of four children in Muskingum County goes to bed hungry each night. She said this was the first time they have received an honor like this and that the need to help the hungry in our community is greater now than it has ever been.
â€œWe served almost one million meals. 958,000 meals were served last year between the 14 food pantries and the four hot meal programs. There are little pantries and hot meal programs nestled all over Muskingum County because we know hunger is an issue,â€ said Warden.
Warden also said that Sept. 1 marks the first day of Hunger Awareness Month. To raise awareness the County Commissioners said that the County Courthouse will be lit orange each night in September.