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Dr. Ron Barnes, Founder of Hungry Kids Project, receives award


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  • Amy Aossey/Executive Director of Yavapai Food Council

Yavapai Food Council's Food For Students Benefit

Dr. Ron Barnes will be publicly recognized and honored at 10:45am on Saturday, April 9th at the Yavapai Food Neighbors Project Collection event held in the parking lot of the Prescott Wal-Mart on Gail Gardner Way.

Community members are encouraged to join Yavapai Food Council in honoring this great man for his unending dedication making our community a better place for children in need.

The Yavapai Food Council Board of Directors are proud to honor Dr. Ron Barnes of Prescott, AZ for his continued dedication to preventing child hunger in our community.

In 2010, Dr. Barnes and Prescott Area Leadership (PAL) Alumni launched the Hungry Kids Project in the Prescott School District. The project mobilizes volunteers and resources to pack enough food for weekend meals for children who would otherwise have little or no food to eat when school is not in session.

Since the introduction of the Hungry Kids Project other school districts, including Chino Valley, Dewey-Humboldt/Prescott Valley, and Mayer receive support for weekend meal projects.

Dr. Barnes’ fundraises nearly $100,000 annually to cover the costs of weekend meals project throughout the quad-cities area.

Dr. Ron Barnes, Founder of Hungry Kids Project, receives award AZHP2-300x152“It’s difficult to comprehend the level of hunger in our communities.  Yavapai Food Council is honored to work with Dr. Barnes and The Hungry Kids Project, in conjunction with Yavapai Food Neighbors Project, to provide weekend backpacks of food for hungry students at Mayer Elementary School.

Mayer is only one example of the extreme level of hunger plaguing the kids in our schools with 98% of the 400 student population qualifying for free or reduced meals during the school day.

The partnership between Yavapai Food Council and The Hungry Kids Project ensures these kids have food over the weekend when school meals are not an option.

Yavapai Food Council is proud to honor Dr. Barnes as a community Hunger Hero for his inspiration, dedication and leadership toward preventing childhood hunger.”