School is out, the heat is swelling, and every afternoon public pools are bursting with smiling faces and the sound of laughter of children on summer vacation.
A Tucson law firm and a local non-profit are teaming up on a new pilot project, “No Hungry Kids Tucson,” to help alleviate hunger for children over the summer months.
Inspired by a January effort in which it assembled 108,000 nonperishable boxed meals for the hungry, Oro Valley Church of the Nazarene is thinking bigger.
Kids have to eat before they can learn. It’s just common sense; cognition is a function of nutrition. The good news is we have the food programs to end childhood hunger, allowing them to more easily learn to read, write and do arithmetic that are keys to breaking out of poverty.
A group in Tempe assembled food packs in April 2012, much like volunteers will do at Church of the Nazarene on Friday and Saturday. The nutrition-outreach effort is backed by the nonprofit Feed My Starving Children.
A group of 400 church volunteers is banding together to pack 100,000 meals to feed people around the world.
Volunteers Jacqueline Reyes, left, and Mary Black sort donated food items at the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Public-relations manager Jack Parris says the food bank has only a three-week inventory of canned vegetables on hand.
The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona needs more canned-vegetable donations.
Volunteers Jacqueline Reyes, left, and Mary Black sort donated food items at the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona in 2012.
The number of people seeking emergency food sources in Southern
Arizona has soared in the past five years.