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A Local School Helps Fight Hunger in the Stateline

ROCKFORD - From canned corn to a big huge tomato can, these kids at Rockford Lutheran Academy are packing up canned goods they donated to give to those in need.
ROCKFORD - From canned corn to "a big huge tomato can", these kids at Rockford Lutheran Academy are packing up canned goods they donated to give to those in need.

"They you know collected cans to help reach into the issue of hunger  in our community."said Darcy Hill.

But many of these items will be delivered to children just like them. Census figures show that in Winnebago County, nearly 27% of children  are considered 'food insecure.'

"We don't realize it especially as a school that has tuition but  there are so many kids in the area who are hungry. We think of homeless people and we close our eyes and we get an image of it, but there are a lot of kids who are homeless a lot of kids who need this service", said Don Gillingham.

It's a service these kids identified with. As canned goods fill these boxes, these students, like 4th grader Lexie Evans, can't help but feel rewarded.

"It's really special and it's fun to see the smile on their faces when they get the cans."

It's a moment that warms the hearts of teachers at Rockford Lutheran Academy, As they continue to challenge these kids to improve on a daily basis.

"Hopefully it will motivate them for their whole lives. To know that there are going to be problems all around them. You know, but that's no reason to stand back and just watch."


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