Project will allow for 40,000 free meals a year

 Kicking off the $109,000 fundraising push, the E.L. Cord Foundation has gifted $25,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Mason Valley for its Dayton clubhouse kitchen expansion.

Once completed, it’s estimated that 40,000 free meals will be served at the Dayton clubhouse annually. The Club’s meal program is open to anyone age 18 and under regardless of membership status. Currently, the Dayton clubhouse offers a snack after school each day while transporting breakfast and lunch from the nearby elementary school during summer and other school breaks. The kitchen expansion will allow for breakfast and lunch to be cooked onsite and the snack to be converted to a full, nutritious dinner.

“This is a massive step for our Club,” said director of operations Christina Hurt, who oversees the food program. “There are five schools that serve the Dayton area, so the kitchen will be well used by hundreds and hundreds of kids.”

The Dayton clubhouse sees approximately 140 of BGCMV’s 475 daily members. With just a few more months left in the school year, the kitchen is scheduled to be completed in time for the Summer Foods program this June.

Anyone wishing to donate to the project can visit and choose the Dayton Annual Giving Fund.