Piper Bold understands why some people may not think childhood hunger is a problem.
By LAURA BAUER
The Kansas City Star
I think its hard for people to understand things they dont see with their own eyes, said Piper, a senior at Blue Valley North. But its a big problem, bigger than people think.
Piper, 18, of Leawood, has been to Latin America and seen poverty there. She knows that some kids in this area, including Johnson County, dont always have enough food at home.
And shes surrounded by family and friends who also get it, including her sister, Kylie, and their mother, Sharon Bold. Late last month, the girls and Sharon Bolds fiance, Rod Hennig, went to Harvesters to volunteer and present a check for the BackSnack program.
The $5,000 check from the families Offering Hope foundation will pay for 20 students to have a backpack for an entire school year. Harvesters provides BackSnacks to 17,000 students in the 26-county area each week and hopes to increase that to 19,000 by the end of the school year.
You understand how blessed you are, said Hennig, a regional vice president of First Watch Restaurants. We can always open the refrigerator and pantry and find food. Its not fair.
In the KC Challenge virtual food drive, donors can sponsor one childs weekend pack of food for a full school year for $250. Inside each BackSnack is 4 pounds of food, enough for two breakfasts, two other meals and some snacks.
You have to realize not just one person can make a change, Piper said. You have to have a support system that gives you the opportunity to do what needs to be done.
To reach Laura Bauer, call 816-234-4944 or send email to email@example.com.