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From Colorado Springs

Story Type: People We Serve

Programs Used: Send Hunger Packing

How We Helped: Food to Feed Their Family

When we first met Ava, she was a kindergartener at Queen Palmer Elementary School, which is one of our Partner Agencies that works alongside our team to help provide food to children in need.

She told us her favorite part about going to school was being able to learn new things. Food helped her with that. One of the ways Ava and her family are able to get enough food is through our Send Hunger Packing program, which is part of our Children’s Nutrition Initiative.

Each week, a group of volunteers come into our Distribution Center and pack dozens of bags with food items, like peanut butter, pasta, canned meats, fruits, and vegetables. Those bags then make their way to schools we partner with across Southern Colorado. Students like Ava pick up the food bags at the end of every school week to take home and share with their families over the weekends.

“When I tasted the mandarin oranges for the first time, they tasted really good,” Ava told us.
We asked her what she liked about the mandarin oranges. She said she really liked that they were healthy.

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