June 10, 2018 06:39 PM
School is out and baseball season is in full swing.
For the Minneapolis Millers 12AAA team, Saturday’s game wasn’t just about the number of runs they could score. They were also keeping track of how many other kids they could help.
"I hope that kids can get enough to eat over the summer," 13-year-old teammate Raymond Kappel said.
Kappel and his 12 other teammates are collecting donations for The Food Group.
"If you can't eat, you're not going to have enough energy to do stuff," Kappel said. “If you can't do stuff, you can't make money and if you can't make money, you can't live."
Last school year, 60 percent of students in Minneapolis Public Schools were eligible for free or reduced lunch, a meal that's harder to get when school is out.
"A big percentage of their classmates deal with food insecurities," Chris Lawrence, a parent volunteer, said.
The idea for the Strike Out Summer Hunger Food and Fund Drive started in November.
The team was selected to compete in a tournament this summer in Cooperstown, New York. They realized they needed to give back as they asked the community for support to fund the trip.
"We’ve gone to the food group shelter and we've helped package food and stuff,” 12-year-old teammate Louis Walker said.
So far they’ve collected, served and packaged enough food for 20,000 meals, according to Lawrence. They expect after Saturday’s event, they will exceed their 25,000 meal goal.
"This is a need for kids all around the city,” Lawrence said.
The Food Group distributes food to hungry families across the region and state.
"For every team we play that represents communities from all around the Twin Cities, we're trying to teach them about this issue,” Lawrence said.
The team hopes their initiative will spread beyond the Minneapolis Youth Baseball organization.
"I know we're helping a good cause," Walker said.
Click here to join their campaign.
Money raised during 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS' Sumer Harvest for Kids campaign Supports Matter and The Food Group. Learn how to donate here.
Updated: June 10, 2018 06:39 PM
Created: June 09, 2018 12:38 PM
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