Comanche Elementary teachers' food bank program featured on NBC Nightly News

Updated: 09/01/2014 10:25 PM | Created: 09/01/2014 8:59 PM
By: Kim Tobin, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Last December, KOB introduced you to teachers at Comanche Elementary School who started their own food pantry to help some students with snacks and weekend meals.

Marvin Callahan and Karin Medina were featured on NBC Nightly News Sunday night as they fight to change New Mexico's top-ranking as the state with the highest rates of childhood hunger.

"I have kids that come to school every day and they're hungry," Callahan said. "They can't come in here and be at their best."

The Comanche Elementary teacher and school councilor saw a problem and had to help.

Recently, they were interviewed by NBC Nightly News' Chelsea Clinton about their efforts to fight hunger in their classrooms, where 60% of the kids are on free or low-cost lunches.

"I like that they're nice enough to actually help us and give us food," said one young student. "Because me and my sister have a little trouble."

Callahan and Medina organized a food pantry where people can drop off donations.

The food is packed up for afternoons and weekends for about 25 kids who really need it and parents who wish they could provide more.

"I could come ask Miss Medina for anything and she would figure out a way to get it done," said a Comanche Elementary parent.

"Children are hungry right here today, and they're going to be hungry tomorrow, and they're going to be hungry the day after that," Callahan said.

If you would like to help, you can drop off checks or food donations at the front desk of Comanche Elementary School.

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