Tempe Elementary Kids Collect Nearly a Ton of Food for Area Hungry

Kids from Curry Elementary show off just some of the food items they collected to help Tempe families. Photo credit Justin Aungst, Tempe Elementary Community Affairs and Marketing Intern.  
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Last month, students in the Tempe Elementary School District helped their neighbors in need by holding a food drive to help stock Tempe Community Action Agency’s (TCAA) Food Pantry. This is Tempe’s largest food pantry which assists more than 11,000 households each year.
Each grade level collected a different food item, such as canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, canned meat and cereal, to cover a variety of food groups and nutritional needs. The students gathered 1,644 pounds of food donations, which will be sorted and organized into food boxes that benefit Tempe residents and families in need.  This equates to approximately 2,203 meals.
Tempe Elementary students have certainly set the bar high and have demonstrated that every effort, big or small,  can create meaningful change in a  community.  Want to help alleviate hunger in your community? Here’s how?   Host a food drive at your place of employment, church, school or neighborhood.  For more information on getting started, please contact Lexie Krechel at lexiek@tempeaction.org.

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