PHOENIX - A Valley non-profit is mobilizing to fight a very difficult problem facing thousands of Valley children.
Arizona Brainfood is entering its fifth year in Mesa. The group provides food for school children to take home over the weekend.
"It makes me crazy to think that kids are going hungry," said Ruth Collins, one of the volunteers and founders of the organization. "Also, it is sad to think of the parents who are trying to provide but still have to watch their children go hungry."
Brainfood partners with schools. Kids who receive reduced or free meals at school are eligible to get food. The school identifies those children and the kids are given sacks of food to take home on Fridays.
"There is such a relief when they get the food," said Lori Scott who works with families at Porter Elementary in Mesa. "Kids who are hungry don't concentrate and often act out or become uninvolved in class.
Brainfood currently serves 70 schools, mostly in the East Valley. There are about 2000 kids who will get food each week through the program.
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