Last updated: December 04. 2013 2:08PM - 464 Views
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XENIA — The Xenia Area Young Professionals will take a step toward helping end hunger locally by hosting a silent auction with proceeds to benefit the X-Out Hunger Backpack Cuisine program.


The silent auction of gift baskets will officially be held at the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce’s December Business After Hours Holiday Part from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Xenia Elks Lodge, located at 71 E. Second St. But those who cannot attend — or just want to get a head start on the competition — aren’t left out. They can go to the Chamber office beginning Dec. 9 to view the baskets and write down their bid.


“Members of XAYP are putting the baskets together themselves. It’s kind of an unspoken competition between us to see who raises the most money,” XAYP Treasurer Chrissy Roundtree said. “Plus we all think this is a really important cause.”


The X-Out Hunger program sends food home with students who need it each weekend. This food can fill the gap between Friday and Monday, days when the students can at least eat breakfast and lunch at school. According to the school, 57 percent of elementary students receive free or reduced cost lunches and may have little or nothing to eat waiting at home.


Xenia students and their siblings who are identified by school personnel as being at risk will be eligible for the weekend X-Out Hunger program. Each week, qualified students will receive a bag of food to meet their needs during the weekend.


The program is part of the Greene County Community Foundation.


Xenia students and their siblings, identified by school personnel as being at risk, will be eligible for the weekend X-Out Hunger program. Each week, qualified students will receive a bag of food to meet their needs during the weekend.


The Xenia Area Young Professionals is one of the most active and popular committees of the Chamber. The group was developed in 2007 for professionals age 40 and under. Its goal is to provide members with networking, community involvement, and professional development.


For more information, please contact the Chamber at 937-372-3591.


Contact William Duffield at bduffield@civitasmedia.com or 937-372-4444 ext. 133.


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