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Task force examines hunger issues


Governor Andrew Cuomo's Anti-Hunger Task Force will feature a local perspective with the addition of Southwestern Central Schools (Jamestown) Superintendent Maureen Donahue .

Donahue tells WBFO News was nominated for the spot by a an association of school superintendents.  She will provide a local perspective on a panel that is heavy on Downstate appointees.

Though Donahue hasn't heard many specifics---meeting times, staff, briefing materials--she plans on discussing the impact schools have in fighting hunger.

"The school lunch program has taken a different look than it did five years ago. So, we're still struggling, I think, across most of our regions and schools in providing a nutritious lunch that's also healthy, low-fat, those types of things in finding a balance to what kids like," said Donahue.

Donahue noted about a third of Southwestern's students are getting free lunches.

While her rural district in Jamestown is far from the mass numbers of hunger problems in New York City, the Olean native says she spent five years as a teacher in inner-city Charlotte, North Carolina.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.