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As the holidays and winter approach, some families in Macon County may be wondering if they will have enough food to feed their family. One program that helps low and moderate income families is the WIC program.

WIC is a Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children up to age 5 and is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. WIC can provide guidance and nutritional assistance to eat well, be active and stay healthy.

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Federated Franklin Women’s Club recently participated in the annual Toys for Tots program.

Toys for Tots serves Macon, Jackson and Swain counties.  Its office accepts donations each day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is a particular need for items for small children, ages 0-3 years; and for ages 12-14, according to Irene and Randy Hughes, Smoky Mountain coordinators.

 

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Vanessa Bailey, executive director of the Macon County Care Network (CareNet), presented information to the Franklin Daybreak Rotary Club on the needs and funding issues resulting from the slow economy.

The backpack program for students in the Macon County school system has increased from 61 per week to more than 600 per week.

Funding cuts have affected the ability to provide assistance for heating, rent and other items. Food donations continue to be good with a large portion coming from the Rotary Bag in the Newspaper Collection.

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Gary Shields presents Keston Miles of Macon Early College the award of November Student of The Month.

The presentation was made at the Nov. 30 meeting of the Rotary Club of Franklin.

 

 

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