On the front line in the fight against hunger, KCs Center Elementary sees the difference BackSnacks make
Like many schools across the suburbs and rural areas, Center Elementary has had too many children who often dont have enough food at home. Thats one of the reasons the school became among the first in the Kansas City area to distribute Harvesters BackSnacks.
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In memory of the Sandy Hook fallen a contribution was made to reduce child hunger in Kansas City. - Charles Little
In this rural corner of Henry County, Mo., about 90 miles southeast of Kansas City, Vickie Thrasher is raising two of her grandchildren.
For years, they’ve worried about kids in the summer.
When Lucas Bain was 6, his mom, Elaine, took him to volunteer with her at Harvesters. Elaine has tried to teach all four of her sons the value of giving back. In the six years since, Lucas has helped pack BackSnack packs, worked Harvesters campaigns, helped make boxes for food, even sorted rice.
She knows the pressure to have things. And she knows some people judge her by what she doesnt have. Its like if you dont have what they have, youre poor, youre going to be a bum, says the 16-year-old, who goes to an area high school. She doesnt let it get to her. Shes focused on more important things: family, education, church.
The Northland kindergartner wants to be Superman when he grows up. For now, its him and his mom, and times can be financially tough. To help with that, every Friday hes one of 40 kids at Graden Elementary School in Parkville who takes home a BackSnack from Harvesters. Thats possible because of a partnership formed a few years ago.
Earlier this school year, the high school sophomore admits, she was embarrassed.
Teenagers are what this mobile food pantry at Wyandotte High School is all about. By the time children reach their teens, theyre typically not inclined to share their feelings or whats going on at home. That means teens often go without, not getting all the food they need at home, or sitting alone at lunch when they cant afford a meal.
The Star is publishing two weeks of stories that show how hunger affects children and what people are doing about it. Heres how you can help: The Star is partnering with Harvesters to host a virtual food drive. Go to feedingkckids.harvesters.org to make a donation. You can designate your donation in the honor of a family member or friend. The Star will publish the dedications on Christmas Day.