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New Food Pantry Looks To Alleviate Childhood Hunger in Indian River School District

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FRANKFORD, Del.- According to the Food Bank of Delaware, 20% of children in Sussex County are living in poverty. They say childhood hunger is a serious problem within southern Delaware.

In hopes of alleviating the problem within the Indian River School District, the Harry K. Foundation teamed up with the Food Bank to open a school pantry for the district. Both organizations cut the ribbon to the new school pantry at the G.W. Carver Educational Center Monday morning. The funds for the pantry were raised at last year's Harry K. Christmas Ball.

"Families can come in and take food that they need to get through the week," said Michele Murphy, the Parent Center & Community Education Coordinator with the Indian River School District. "It's very difficult to raise a family these days and it's hard for our children to be able to focus on school if when they go home they don't have a good nutritious meal."

Harry Keswani is the owner of the Harry K. Foundation. The foundation's main objective is to help alleviate to problem of food insecurity in its local community. He knows the need for food for children in the area is great.

"It's amazing how many people don't realize the problem we actually have in southern delaware," said Keswani. "You don't see it."

According to the Food Bank, 44% of the members of the households they serve are children under 18-years-old. Keswani says he's heard stories from clients about the struggles many children have to go through due to hunger.

"There was a little student in a class and snack time came and she immediately took the snacks and put them in her pockets. She didn't actually eat them. And this is a six year old," said Keswani. "She probably had a sibling at home that was very hungry."

Both organizations are hoping to help this problem through this food pantry.

"The idea behind it is, it's part of the community service that the school is offering to make sure that families have access to all of the services that they need so that their children can grow and stay in school and be healthy," said Patricia Beebe, the Delaware Food Bank President.

The pantry is open and ready to help stop hunger. Drop in hours for the pantry are Fridays from 9am to 1pm or by appointment.

For more information on the Delaware Food Bank, visit their website at www.fbd.org.

For more information on the Harry K. Foundation, visit their website at www.harrykfoundation.org


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