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EAST GOSHEN — There is no certain face to hunger.
It can affect anyone, from a coworker to a next-door neighbor or even a child sitting in the one desk over in class, but one thing is for sure, there are people who are hungry right now in Chester County and, more specifically, in West Chester.
“Being hungry means you just don’t have the money to put food on your table every single day,” said Kelly Richardson, an East Goshen Elementary School parent and part of the Community Outreach Committee, to East Goshen students. “Last year in Chester County, one-in-eight people were hungry. That equals about 13 percent. This year, you have one-in-six people that will be hungry.”
To help battle hunger, the students, teachers, faculty and parents at East Goshen take part in the annual Feed the Hungry day at school.
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Food is brought in as donations from parents in all six grades, kindergarten through fifth, and this year, as an added bonus for the good that the school does, DaVita Dialysis gave a $900 grant in order to buy more food for the day.
“We normally do 500 breakfast bags and 75 trays of ziti, but the grant let us buy additional items for us to match what we make,” said Kari Maton, also a parent and part of the Community Outreach Committee. “We’re now going to be able to give 1,000 breakfast bags and 125 trays of ziti.”
The breakfast bags are put together by all kindergarten through second grade classes. Inside each bag is a juice box, two granola bars and a box of raisins.
Each student gets to put together four of those bags and many of which are also decorated by the students to bring a little smile to the faces of whoever the recipient may be.
“They decorated the breakfast bags two weeks ago,” Maton said. “We actually had a guy who got a breakfast bag and he kept (the bag). He liked the decorations and didn’t want to throw it away.”
Third through fifth graders at the school get to make trays of baked ziti to donate.
Parents of those children cook the pasta the night before to make things easier, but the students are the ones who put it all together with the sauce and cheese.
“It’s something the kids can do hands-on and realize they can make a difference,” Maton said. “Everybody is involved.”
“What you all are doing is something that is super worthwhile,” Richardson said to the students. “It will fill your hearts as well as fill the bellies of somebody else in our community.”