The cost of seed and fertilizer for each of the families in Rancho Grande and Taura is roughly $300 per family, or $1.20 per person per day. The teens' goal is to raise and wire $27,000 to El Salvador by March 23 so they have time to buy supplies and plant seeds by April 1. This "short" crop should meet their needs until they can realize their larger crop later this year.
On their own, the students who went on the trip have committed to cutting $100 from their prom/ball expenses to go toward the fund, which raises the first $7,000 (24 Rochester-area students are also involved in this project). Another $7,000 has already been raised by three donors from Rochester, totaling $14,000 to date.
To help reduce their prom expenses, the teens are asking community members to donate used prom and bridesmaid dresses for a dress sale to be held in the basement of Holy Cross Church 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday March 20. All proceeds from the sale will go toward the food fund.
"At this point, we know that if they don't have food, they don't have food," Jacobs said. "There's nowhere else for them to get it."
Used dresses can be dropped off in the office at Holy Cross Church or in the downstairs closet near Yeazel Hall. Checks in any amount are also welcome and should be made out to Holy Cross Church and sent to Holy Cross Church, El Salvador Food, 4112 E. Genesee St., DeWitt, NY 13214.