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Department of Social Work holding 2nd annual benefit for Dinners for Kids Program on March 26
Posted 02/14/2017 10:40AM

The Department of Social Work at Misericordia University is holding its second annual benefit on Sunday, March 26 from 4-8 p.m. at A Touch of Class Catering, 228 George Ave., Wilkes-Barre, to support the newly expanded Dinners for Kids Program in the region.

For a donation of $25, guest will enjoy acoustic musical entertainment by various local artists, including Robb Brown, raffles, games, prizes, and a full buffet provided by A Touch of Class Catering. Johnny Popko, senior consultant for marketing and business development with Times-Shamrock Communications, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Proceeds will benefit the Dinners for Kids Program, which provides nutritionally balanced meals six days per week, 52 weeks a year to underprivileged children in the Wyoming Valley West and Dallas school districts.

David and Edna Tevet, owner of Ollie's Restaurant in Edwardsville, established the program in 2011. Initially, the restaurant provided the food, and volunteers delivered six free meals a week to 40 school-aged children in need in the West Side communities of the Wyoming Valley West School District.

The program expanded in 2016 when Misericordia University students in the social work program and Campus Ministry worked with the Dallas School District to deliver meals to students in need in the Back Mountain area. Metz Culinary Management prepares the meals on campus. Currently, 23 children in nine families are receiving six meals a week through the Misericordia program. The program will deliver about 7,800 meals in its first year.

Misericordia students in the service-learning course, Social Work Methods and Processes II, under the direction of David Hage, M.S.W., L.S.W., social work field director, are coordinating the benefit. Students participants include, Christina DeMeo, Scotrun; Carly Kandel, Newton, N.J.; Olivia Mayorowski, Old Forge; Irene O'Dell, Mountain Top; Stephanie Santana, Patterson, N.J.; Juli Stella, Wyoming, and Vanessa Trinidad, Wilkes-Barre.

There are about 10,500 children in Luzerne County who have food insecurity issues, according to the Luzerne County Commission on Economic Opportunity. Additional volunteers are needed to help package the food and deliver it to children's homes. For more information about the program or volunteer opportunities, please log on to

For additional information about the fundraiser, please contact David Hage at (570) 674-6268 or at


The Misericordia University Social Work Program is holding the second annual Dinners for Kids benefit on Sunday, March 26 from 4-8 p.m. at A Touch of Class Catering, 228 George Ave., Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Those organizing the fundraiser, include first row from left, Juli Stella, Wyoming, Pa., Social Work Club president; Stephanie Santana, Patterson, N.J., and Olivia Mayorowski, Old Forge, Pa.; second row, David Hage, M.S.W., L.S.W., social work field director, Misericordia University; Carly Kandel, Newton, N.J., Social Work Club treasurer.

Misericordia University Mercy Hall

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