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Eastford Road kids help address hunger

Economy making child food woes worse

Adamarise Rodriguez, Xavier Rivera, Kaelyn Donovan and Nicolas Benoit pose with the food baskets Eastford Road School is donating to the Food Share pantry. The school’s 400-plus students contributed enough in food and cash to create a dozen Thanksgiving meals (except for the turkeys themselves). Gus Steeves. (click for larger version)
October 19, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — For nine years now, the youngest kids in the Southbridge school system have collected food to help their neighbors at Thanksgiving.

This year's no exception.

Coordinated by Eastford Road teacher Susan Frabotta, they're donating 12 baskets' worth to the Food Share pantry.

"You get a good response from them," she said. "At this age, they're innocent and really excited about helping."

At that age, too many of them are also quite familiar with hunger. The elementaryschools.org website notes 64 percent of the school's students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches. Under federal law, that means their families earn no more than 130 or 185 percent of the federal poverty level, meaning a family of four brings home less than $559 or $796 a week, respectively.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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