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Some LEUSD Kids Going Hungry On Weekends

Local groups are working to feed schoolchildren who don't get enough to eat.

On Feb. 22, more than 50 volunteers met in the Culinary Cafeteria at Lakeside High School to prepare about 10,800 meals that will be distributed to selected students who return to school on Mondays hungry as a result of not eating over the weekend. 

A pilot program is being started by the Rotary Club of Lake Elsinore, Lake Elsinore Unified School District, H.O.P.E. (Helping Our People in Elsinore) and Planet Youth to send home food in backpacks over the next 12 Fridays with 50 students in need at one of the local elementary schools. 

The program is called Backpacks for Kids. The program is being funded by Rotary Club of Lake Elsinore along with a grant obtained from Rotary International, generous donations from the H.O.P.E. program, and volunteer assistance from Planet Youth.

The backpacks will be filled with a nutritionally balanced rice casserole created by chefs at the Kids Against Hunger program (www.KidsAgainstHunger.org). Each prepared packet will provide a meal for up to six individuals. The backpacks will also be filled with food products from H.O.P.E., which will include cereal, protein drinks, string cheese, and many other small items. 

“We are excited to get the program started and see these students thrive at school, and not defeated by hunger,” said Warren Stephenson, coordinator for the program and member of the Rotary Club of Lake Elsinore.

The program began on Friday, March 2nd and will continue for the next 12 weeks until the end of the school term. –Bonnie Woodrome

Bobby Maggit March 06, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Isn't Mike Norkin that chubby photographer that runs around at the storm games? and Tom Thomas is the free loader boardmember that we have been reading about. I think Norkin is the one who lost the city election three times and even once ran with one of the best councilmembers of our time Mr. Hickman? I wonder how many times they stuffed their mouths when the were making those packages? Bring the buses back you nimrods boardmembers, our kids don't deserve this treatment. I will be there to support our bus drivers this Wednesday!!!!
mike April 27, 2012 at 01:20 AM
We care why they are hungry. What happens when the Rotary moves on. These kids situations have not changed. They are still not being feed by their parents. How many of these kids homes have been looked into. Not feeding YOUR child is a HUGE sign of neglect. By giving these goods rather then fixing the problem only propels it along. I find it a bigger shame that they would just hand over food to a hungry child day in and day out, all while knowing that neglect is happening at home and doing nothing about it.
mike April 27, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Really? I miss how this is a value to the community. I really do. The old saying "Give a person a fish......" Your just giving the family a fish. Teach them, find out why they are going hungry. Seems pointless to throw money/food at a situation when you have no idea the cause or the duration. These kids are already hungry. How do you even know that their parents wont take it form them and keep for them self? Creating a community all right, but not the type I want to be a part. What do we expect from parents if not to at least feed their kids?
Mr. Lada April 27, 2012 at 05:06 AM
These food packets are being sold at yard/garage sales all over LE and Lakeland. Nobody wants to eat these same meal week in and week out. There are nails and hair to be did by the mamas and aunties and cigs and tequila to be purchased by all.

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