The Barnesville Health Care Center recently made a generous donation to help provide school lunches for students at Barnesville Elementary School.
On Friday, Administrator Mark Richards, Admissions and Marketing Director Natalie Jefferis and Social Worker Jackie Huntsman presented a $1,100 check to head cook Joyce Costello and Barnesville Exempted Village School District Superintendent Randy Lucas.
 The donation came after Costello brought to Huntsman’s attention the fact that some students fall in the gap between qualifying for free lunch and having enough money or food at home for lunch.
Costello said those without money or a lunch are served a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and milk. She and Lucas said the cafeteria staff and other staff donate money to a fund to help those students, but it is never enough.
“They are so sweet up there [at BHCC],” Costello said. “They are like family.”
“This is an ongoing issue,” Superintendent Lucas said. “We are very appreciative of the donation. I had no idea it would be so generous.”
Huntsman said BHCC is challenging other businesses to also donate to the school.  A challenge will be issued to local businesses through the Barnesville Area Chamber of Commerce’s newsletter, and BHCC staff will be speaking to members about the need for school lunch money at the March chamber meeting.
Lucas said a separate account has been created for the donations and the money will be carried over to the next school year. Those wishing to donate may contact Superintendent Lucas at 425-3615.