SUMMER HARVEST: Boxes of Food For Those in Need

June 05, 2017 07:42 PM

Up to 15 percent of local families and kids struggle with food insecurity every day.

Doctors say it can impact a child's health in many ways.


"If you're hungry, or if your family is hungry, it makes it really hard to concentrate on things like asthma or anything else," said Dr. Gigi Chawla, the Chief of General Pediatrics at Children's Minnesota.

Children's Minnesota has teamed up with a local non-profit to address the situation. MATTER is making sure the hospital is stocked with MATTERboxes.

The boxes are full of healthy food, recipes and shopping lists. They are packaged in simple boxes so they can be discretely handed to families in need while at the hospital.

"For me, one of the most awesome moments was seeing the families pick up a box and not feel ashamed about it," said Elham Ashkar, the senior community program developer.

MATTER is one of four organizations that will benefit from this year's Summer Harvest for Kids Campaign. KSTP will be taking donations starting at 4:30 a.m. on Thursday.

We're trying to raise $150,000 dollars to help feed hungry kids this summer.



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