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Project helps feed hungry kids during the weekends

Some Chino Valley children are going hungry.

More than 200 Chino Valley school children who meet the federal government's definition of "homeless youth."

These students receive free lunches and breakfasts during school, but they may spend their weekends hungry.

About three years ago the "No More Hungry Kids Project" was introduced to this area.

Rick Reichert of Sodexo, who is the General Manager of Student Nutrition Services for the Chino Valley Unified School District, contacted Becky Davis of the Home Town Love Outreach with the Chino Valley Family Church. Together with other volunteers, they see to providing needy students with food for the weekend.

"The goal of this project is to provide weekend meals for the school children, not the whole community," said Reichert.

"The students are given a bag with a variety of non-perishable food items. Bag deliveries are done confidentially to the students through school health offices," he added.

Some of the items that are needed for these bags include instant oatmeal, cereals, cheese crackers, macaroni and cheese, and peanut butter.

Food items and monetary donations are always needed and can be taken to the Chino Valley School District office or to Chino Valley Family Church at 718 S. Highway 89.

Just recently, Sodexo gave a grant of $4,500 to the Home Town Love Outreach for the Hungry Kids project.

"We are trying to provide some special holiday items in their packs this month, like hats, gloves, scarves, and holiday treats that might make the kids' holidays brighter," Reichert said.

For more information contact Becky at 602-301-7320.

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