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Program provides food to needy families

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In Tampa Bay, nearly 250,000 children go to school hungry. It is hard for kids to concentrate on an empty stomach. But an unusual partnership of school, business, and community are helping out. It's What Right with Tampa Bay.

When Tatum Watson leaves Sulphur Springs Elementary school, she leaves with more than her book bag.

Tatum is being raise by her great grandmother Betty, who is retired and on a fixed income.

"Everyday something's going up, utilities going up, food going up out of this world," she says.

That's why Betty is so thankful for Food 4 Kids, a group of women who come together from the Junior League of Tampa to supply food to needy students. Women like Stacey Carson.

"It's really difficult for them when they are coming hungry to be able to concentrate on their studies, so we really want to make sure that we can address those basic needs so that they come with a full stomach and an open mind to education," Carson said.

The woman have partnered with Sweetbay and Feeding America, and twice a month, they hand out non-perishable bags of food to 300 students so that they will have something extra to eat while away from school on weekends.

"I love them, because I have extra food on the table. Because normally I eat a lot and sometimes I run out of my favorite foods and the bags have my favorite foods in there too," Said Tatum Watson

A community coming together to help give the proper nutrition for the growth and development of children.

The bags have enough food to feed a family of four. The program will last throughout the school year.

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