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On Fridays, about 1,500 kids in the Phoenix area receive Kitchen on the Street’s Bags of Hope, containing food to eat over the weekend.
Before the recession came along, Martin Garcia had a house, a marriage and a steady job as a bill collector in Phoenix.
But things began unraveling in 2007. He lost his job and in turn, the house. His wife left, twice. And suddenly he was left wondering how to clothe, house and feed three young children.
He took odd jobs — a security-guard shift here, a landscaping position there. He secured another bill-collecting job and maintained that for a year before quitting to take care of his three young kids.
“I had no other choice,” said Garcia, pointing to instances such as calls from the school telling him he needed to come pick up his children. “I had a flexible schedule … at my lunch time I’d go pick them up. But there’d be times I didn’t have that flexible schedule, and I had nobody to pick up my kids.”
The instability led the family to live in four different homes and the children to attend four different schools in the past few years.
With his only income coming from occasional jobs, Garcia needed help. His three children receive free breakfast and lunch at a Phoenix school, but it wasn’t enough.
“There would be those days I would wake up in the morning and (think) ‘OK, I’ve got to figure out a way to get my kids something (to eat),’ especially on the weekends,” Garcia said.
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SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV) –
Kitchen on the Street just opened a new cafe where proceeds benefit the Kitchen on the Street nonprofit.
Kitchen on the Street provides 1,500 Bags of Hope (food backpacks) to food insecure children throughout the Phoenix Metro area.
This week, Kitchen on the Street announced expansion of the Bags of Hope program to serve food insecure children in Palo Verde Middle School and Sweetwater Elementary School; both within the Washington Elementary School District.
“Turning hunger into hope one child at a time is our mission at Kitchen on the Street. Bags of Hope provide weekend food and nutrition so children can return to school Monday ready to learn and be a success both inside and outside the classroom,” says Lisa Scarpinato, CEO of Kitchen on the Street.
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D-BACKS GIVE BACK $100,000 TO LOCAL NON-PROFIT “KITCHEN ON THE STREET”
The first of five Grand Slam Awards to be highlighted at tomorrow’s Subway D-backs FanFest
PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation announced today the first of five Grand Slam Awards that will be given to local Arizona non-profit organizations in the coming months. Kitchen on the Street, which fights hunger among children in Phoenix, received a $100,000 grant from the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, which will be used to purchase and create a mobile kitchen.
Kitchen on the Street will be on hand tomorrow (February 11, 2012) at the Subway D-backs FanFest at Chase Field, where fans will have the opportunity to volunteer for the organization.
Kitchen on the Street featured on FOX news
Fox News, January 25, 2011
Self Magazine, September 2010
Sept. 21: Self magazine’s editor-in-chief Lucy Danziger introduces TODAY’s Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb to the winners of the Women Doing Good awards, who are each making a difference in their communities:
Self Magazine, September 2010
Kitchen on the Street CEO Lisa Scarpinato is the winner of one of SELF Magazine’s ‘Women Doing Good’ Awards. Read the article.
AZCentral.com – May 7, 2009
Kitchen on the Street the recipient of a Channel 8 “Be More” Award
Winners of Eight’s annual Be More Awards™ were announced Thursday, May 7, 2009 at the Camelback Inn, according to Eight’s General Manager Kelly McCullough. Nearly 300 guests attended the event honoring the outstanding achievements of Arizona’s nonprofit organizations. Categories ranged from outstanding marketing initiatives, exceptional educational outreach, innovative organization endeavors, extraordinary fundraising and event efforts, and commitment to arts and cultural awareness. Dr. Robert F. Ashcraft, founding director of the Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation at Arizona State University, delivered the keynote address.
The Be More Awards™ ceremony airs June 24, 2009, at 7:30 PM on Channel 8 in Phoenix.