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New Mobile Food Bank Comes to Amistad Elementary

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Volunteers from 2nd Harvest and Kiwanis brought joy to families faces this year, stocking them up with food and hope this holiday season. Volunteers from 2nd Harvest and Kiwanis brought joy to families faces this year, stocking them up with food and hope this holiday season.
KENNEWICK, WA- 2nd Harvest brought a mobile food bank to Amistad Elementary on Monday. It is a first for this school that is very much in need.

"We have a very high free and reduced lunch, so we have a lot of kids that outside of eating at school, having breakfast and a snack at an after school program, they go hungry a lot. We have students that stash food in their bags for later", said Amistad School Counselor Noemi Morales.

Volunteers from 2nd Harvest and Kiwanis brought joy to families faces this year, stocking them up with food and hope this holiday season.

"It's very important for her especially this holiday where food is needed and it's a great thing of the food bank coming to our school", said an interpreter for Anna Martinez who used the mobile food bank.

50 to 70 people were lining up to make sure their children's bellies are full.

One of those mother's was Fidelia Wallace. She said, "It's really helpful for the children that need it more. We adults could probably go without for a little bit but the kids don't, they can get cranky."

This was a first for volunteers like Jerry Berges, who says its amazing to see the food come from the farm,  to the table. 

"You know it's actually, it's nice to reach out and help other people. We're all in need, and I think these people have a very specific need of food and this time of year. Food is a tremendous shortage for a tremendous number of people in the Tri-Cities", said Berges.

Especially, for a school that needs this so desperately. Natalie Lahti, the Dean of Students at Amistad said students often go hungry, so much that,  "We see that every single day. We see kids come to school late who have missed breakfast. Our cooks are really good about making sure they get something here but when they're worried about they're basic needs being met, it's very hard to focus in class."

If your interested in helping families in need this season, you can set yourself up to volunteer by clicking here.
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