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Totes with food for students

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Local union volunteers stuffed the tote bags with snacks and meals and handed them out to students pre-kindergarten through fourth grade students in Lima City Schools. Local union volunteers stuffed the tote bags with snacks and meals and handed them out to students pre-kindergarten through fourth grade students in Lima City Schools.
The Ohio Association of Public School Employees has helped feed more than 7,000 hungry students throughout Ohio and has raised more than 60,000 dollars since it started in 2014. The Ohio Association of Public School Employees has helped feed more than 7,000 hungry students throughout Ohio and has raised more than 60,000 dollars since it started in 2014.

Leaders from the Ohio Association of Public School Employees provided local students totes with food as part of their "Making A Difference Program".

Local union volunteers stuffed the tote bags with snacks and meals and handed them out to pre-kindergarten through fourth grade students in Lima City Schools. The totes were made possible thanks to donations from union members, local unions and OAPSE staff. Principal at Unity Elementary School, Tricia Winkler says she's very grateful that the organization is helping make a difference. 

"I think it's wonderful that OAPSE is not just a union, they're here for the kids and to be able to spend a whole evening and pack hundreds of bags was amazing and every student here got breakfast lunch and dinner and it was a surprise to them, they knew they were getting something but they didn't know what. I would like to say I'd appreciate OAPSE so much because like I said they do more than just be a union they're here for the kids and they want to make sure that our students have food and show how much they care and love our students," says Winkler. 

The State Secretary of Ohio Association of Public School Employees, Sandy Wheeler says a lot of the students sometimes go hungry and their only meal is the one they get at school, so helping the kids out is something important to them. 

"We love being school employees if we didn't we wouldn't be here. We love these kids and want to be able to help them in anyway we can and this is just a little way we can try to make a difference," says Wheeler. 

The Ohio Association of Public School Employees has helped feed more than 7,000 hungry students throughout Ohio and has raised more than 60,000 dollars since it started in 2014.

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