Local Good News: Excel By 5 in Hernando tackles literacy & food insecurity


HERNANDO, Miss. (localmemphis.com) – Reading is paramount to a child’s learning. One local community is doing its part in tackling literacy and food insecurity. Local 24 News Weeknight Anchor Katina Rankin has this local good news.

Gia Matheny is the City of Hernando’s Community Development Director. She’s on a mission to make sure children have books through their Excel By 5 program.

“They can call City Hall, and they can get in touch directly with me, and we’ll go ahead and enroll their child. If they’re at the library they can talk to librarians, and they’ll get the information over to City Hall,” said City of Hernando’s Community Development Director Gia Matheny.

To make sure children in Hernando get these free books, the city holds a huge 10K fundraiser each year.

“It is our largest and only fundraiser for the imagination library,” said Matheny.

And, this year, the 10K race will be held on October 12th.

But, the Excel by 5 program goes beyond just giving out books. It also tackles food insecurity. So, organizers will soon begin a “Feeding the Hungry” program.

“We’re gonna start filling it up and making it an aggregate food hub to start feeding those in need,” said Matheny.

That new food hub will be located near City Hall.

“We have lots of families with young children, and we want to make sure we have lots of accessibility for them and opportunities for these young children,” said Matheny.

Excel By 5 Program in Hernando and what they are doing to improve the lives of children is local good news.

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