Elks grant funds school lunches

Fairfield Elks Lodge Project Manager Douglas Bagby, right, presents Fairfield Community School District Food Service Director Stephanie Hawkins, with a Community Investment Grant to the school district?s Help Us Stop Hunger Fund, with Elks Doug Alexander and Kim Winslow. The grant will pay for almost 800 meals for children from struggling families throughout the community who do not qualify for the free lunch program.

The project was made possible by a grant from the Elks National Foundation, the charitable arm of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Through its Community Investments Program, the Elks National Foundation awards grants to local Elks Lodges to help the Elks strengthen their communities. This year, the Elks National Foundation will award $6.5 million in grants to benefit Elks communities.

To get involved with this or other Elks Lodge projects, email Bagby at For information about how the Elks National Foundation invests in local communities, visit the Elks National Foundation website at