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Kitchen on the Street: Feeding hungry kids each weekend- Annie Z. Yu, The Republic

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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Kitchen on the Street opens new cafe – AZ Family on 3TV

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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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Gerardo Parra Helps Fight Childhood Hunger at Kitchen on the Street

 

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D-BACKS Give Back $100,000 to Kitchen on the Street

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February 10, 2012

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.

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