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School districts gear up to feed kids over the summer break

Meg Hilling
May 18, 2018 06:23 PM

DURANGO, Colo. – Summer brings a break from school, but also a stressful situation for some families

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"You know a lot of people think Durango and affluent families. And the fact of the matter is we have one in three kids that are on our free and reduced program or in poverty,” said Julie Popp with the Durango School District 9-R.

When school is out, some kids go without when it comes to meals. But the Durango School District 9-R is changing that this summer with a free food pantry.

"This is going to be a really great resource and we are expanding that to their families. So even if their parents need food, we are also going to accommodate them as well,” Popp said.

The funding to staff the pantry for the whole summer came from a $2,500 donation by EXIT Realty Home & Ranch. In addition, EXIT Realty Home & Ranch is teaming up with American General Media to sponsor “Stuff the Bus” events on June 3rd, aimed at getting the community to donate nonperishable food items.

The help doesn’t stop there.

"Through each of our closings, we are having a portion of those dollars donated to continue to support the staffing of the pantry program," said John Gillam, a broker with EXIT Realty Home & Ranch.

Durango isn’t the only school district gearing up to keep kids fed this summer. Throughout the Four Corners and all of New Mexico, hundreds of schools are arranging free meals and pantries.

(Map by David Lynch)

If your local school district is arranging similar pantries for the summer, let our reporter know by emailing mhilling@kob.com.

 

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