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Happy holidays for local youth

By Kendra Rowe Salas December 21, 2010

The holidays – and the days away from school – bring a lot of excitement to children each year.  However, winter break also means that the children and teens who rely on school meals might not have enough food each day.  The Food For Kids team works hard to ensure that youth participating in our Kids Cafe® and Weekend Bag programs have extra food to take home right before the winter break.

Kids Cafe is distributing over 1,500 fruit bags this December.  Each bag contains apples, oranges, pears and clementines; and makes certain that participants have at least one piece of healthy, fresh produce for each day they are away from school.

The Weekend Bag program increased the contents in each bag this month, adding a few extra items to increase the amount of meals offered in each bag.  Some sites that are closing for the holidays are distributing ‘double bags’ to participants, making sure that kids do not miss a bag because their distribution site is closed.

Thank you to the numerous groups like the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill and individual volunteers that helped us to pack our holiday extras!  Together we have helped make this holiday season brighter for many youth in our community.