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Jun 8, 2014 9:22 PM by Sean Mooney

Local Law firm takes on case of hungry kids

TUCSON- The verdict is in, a local law firm has been proven guilty of providing hundreds of meals so kids won't go hungry in Tucson this summer.

During the school year Roskruge Bilingual Magnet Middle School provides free meals to many of it's low income students. But during the summer break those families have been on their own, until now.

With the backing of Zane's Law Firm, a new pilot program "No Hungry Kids Tucson" is providing 800 meals to kids this summer.

The founder of the program, Nadia Valle, says the meals were needed to cover a critical time when students aren't in school.

"We thought how great it would it be if we could provide meals for eight weeks so these kids could have 3 meals a day", Valle said. "Without these meals they would probably go without eating or eating less than they usually do."

Besides supplying kids the nutrition they need, Valle says, several in the program are not only benefiting from the meals they are given, they are also volunteers, learning life lessons as well.

"I think it is important to teach our youth that we have to make a difference in our community, they are our future leaders, and teaching them community service and to give back is really really important," said Valle.

One of the young people is Jesus Soto, who is not only a recipient of the meal program but also a volunteer.

"It is really a way for me to give back to the community that is helping me at the same time," Soto said. "The reward at the end of the day for doing this is seeing the smiles on the people when you personally bring the food to them, and they say, Oh thank you, the smiles on their faces really brings me joy."

Organizers say they hope to expand the program throughout Tucson. "No Hungry Kids Tucson", is an extension of "Wings for Women", an organization devoted to helping impoverished women and their children.

Food and monetary donations are welcome. Donations can be dropped off at the two Zane's Law offices located at 1185 W Irvington Rd. and 3501 E Speedway Blvd #101.

You can visit the website for help us feed hungry school kids this summer for more information.


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