Teachers take it upon themselves to feed hungry kids

Created: 12/16/2013 6:34 PM
By: Kim Tobin, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Staff at Comanche Elementary are taking a unique approach to battling hunger in their classrooms. They took it upon themselves to start sending several kids home with a bag full of food on the weekends when some of the kids could go hungry.

"It's sometimes unbearable," said Marvin Callahan. "We do know them very well. And when you look into a kid's eyes and you can tell."

Callahan, who has been teaching for 20 years, and councilor Karin Medina, took it upon themselves to make a difference. They're trying to ease the kid's hunger pain during the weekend when a free lunch isn't guaranteed.

"I know that when they're with me they're safe," Medina said. "But I don't know what happens once they leave here."

They work solely off donations from the community to help the 23 kids at Comanche Elementary, who they had a gut feeling were going hungry at home.

But right before the holiday break, when they want to send kids home with extra food, supplies got very low.

"And it got to a point where it was a little scary," Callahan said. "Because, how do you say no to a little kid and how do you say no to a family?"

But they spread the word. And thankfully more donations started rolling in.

Every Friday they fill a grocery with two breakfasts, two lunches, snacks and drinks. They hope to keep their supply full, and in turn, keep the kids full and ready to learn.

"Their little eyes light up and they are just so happy," said Medina.

If you want to help you can drop off any donations or checks at the front office of Comanche Elementary.

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