SPOKANE, Wash. - Two high school students are leading Second Harvest's "Big Build" event to help feed hungry children in the Spokane area.
"I knew the need was out there, I just didn't know how prevalent it was" said Caleb Marll, a senior at Mt. Spokane High School about hunger amongst students. He and fellow senior, Emily Kramer of Lewis and Clark High School, are leading Second Harvest's Big Build on Jan. 26.
The students will join more than 400 volunteers at Second Harvest to put together meal kits for children and teenagers at 95 elementary and secondary schools primarily in Spokane and Stevens counties.
It's all part of Second Harvest's "Bite2Go" program which provides food for children struggling with hunger for the weekend. The program has begun expanding into more secondary schools as the need among teenagers becomes more evident.
The meal kits that are being put together on Jan. 26 will provide weekend food for elementary students through weekly distributions at their schools. Bite2Go packs help take the pressure off families living on the edge of poverty by providing food they are not able to buy themselves.
To put it in perspective, 15,000 kits will feed 3,700 children for an entire month.
This is the twelfth "Big Build" and takes place in four shifts of more than 100 volunteers each from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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