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“No one will get turned around:” Feeding America reaches out to Racine; provides for families in need

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RACINE -- A Racine elementary school is starting its own food pantry to help low-income families in the district.

It might be the most honest kind of work: Volunteering to help feed hungry children.

Feeding America

Feeding America

At Racine's John Bryant Community Center, more then two dozen volunteers unpacked and arranged food for families to arrive and pick up on Wednesday, October 14th.

"No one will get turned around. Everyone will be able to eat," said Glen Boykin, volunteer.

Dr. Jones Elementary is hosting a food pantry for its students and families.

"I am so excited it is like Christmas. This is one of the items on my bucket list as a person to give back to my community," said Sherrie Hopkins, Dr. Jones Elementary School Principal.

Feeding America

Feeding America

It is made possible by a grant from Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.

"We have enough food resources of fresh food, canned goods and shelf stable cereals for 300 families," said Ossie Kendrix, Feeding America.

Feeding America

Feeding America

Any family with a student in the Racine Unified School District qualifies for this pantry; how much food they get depends on how many students they have.

"My kids are excited for it. I'm glad they finally got it at Dr. Jones. They called me and told me about it and I said yeah, right, but they say yeah, we're doing it so I said okay," said Roschelle Rankins, mother.

At 3 p.m. the doors opened to families with full hearts.

"It helps a lot," said Rankins.

Thankful for the schools help in feeding hungry students.

Their initial grant is $20,000 which guarantees the pantry will continue for the next nine months, but hopefully much longer.

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