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Kids In Arlington Box Up 100,000 Meals For Hungry Children Worldwide

Courtney Collins
KERA news
Kids at Crow Elementary funnel rice, vegetables, soy and vitamins into meal bags for hungry kids.

Elementary schoolers in Arlington donned hairnets and boxed up thousands of meals for hungry children Friday. The event benefits a nonprofit called Feed My Starving Children, which sends food to 100 countries.

The students at Crow Elementaryfunneled rice, vegetables, soy and vitamins into sealed bags.

Assistant Principal Liznel Gonzalez says while her students may never travel abroad to do service work, they can make a difference at home.

"I have two hours or one hour that I can invest in packing something that will make a difference elsewhere," she said. "And that we are, as a global mindset, we are a small part of a bigger world."

Fifth grader Justin Villatoro says it's great to work with his classmates toward something big, that costs so little.

"If you donate 22 cents to Feed My Starving Children, that's already giving a meal to one kid. And if you donate $80 to Feed My Starving Children, that's already one meal to one kid for one whole year," he said. 

When the food-packing event wraps up, kids and other volunteers will have prepared 108,000 meals.

Courtney Collins has been working as a broadcast journalist since graduating from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 2004. Before coming to KERA in 2011, Courtney worked as a reporter for NPR member station WAMU in Washington D.C. While there she covered daily news and reported for the station’s weekly news magazine, Metro Connection.