SJA students load BISD truck with snack packs

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POSTED: Monday, December 16, 2013 - 5:36pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 9:11am

BISD has teamed up with various Brownsville organizations like United way for the fourth year to ensure that families in the district are being fed healthfully over the holidays.

"The Snack Pack program collects food, nutritious food, that was put together by a nutritionist, for kids to have during Christmas break," said United Way rep and St. Joseph's Academy department chair Amanda Sampayo. "So we collected food over the last couple of weeks, and then on Friday we put all of the food together and made these little snack packs and then they'll go out to the students of BISD."

And thanks to the students at St. Joseph's academy who help put the snack pack bags together, the project is being an increasing success.

"Every year it grows more and more so last year I think we had about 90 snack packs," said Sampayo. 

But this year, that number reached 200.

"this is such an important initiative that they're doing because what it is is a lot of kids really rely on breakfast and lunch from school, so then what happens when they're on Christmas break?" said Sampayo. "Who knows when they'll get their next lunch or next dinner? So this is a way to help take care of that."

And for students, helping families have healthy food spreads holiday cheer.

"We're a very small community, we're a small city, and a lot of people don't notice how there's so many people that go hungry and I think we did good, good work here," said St. Joseph's Academy student Grecia Rodriguez.

"Helping them, giving them food, that some can't afford, that is healthy for them, can help them grow, can help them be healthy, and have a better quality of life," said Sofia Carballar. 

Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23. 

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