September 07, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

You Give Boyd Elementary Students Hope

September 07, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

marisol-puterbaughMarisol Puterbaugh, social worker and care coordinator at Boyd Elementary in Allen works with families to ensure every student at the school is able to reach their full potential. She first began fighting hunger about four years ago as a Spanish language interpreter for the parents whose kids had enrolled in the Food 4 Kids program.

Provided in partnership with the North Texas Food Bank, and funded by your generous gifts, the Food 4 Kids program connects girls and boys with vital nourishment. Participating children receive a backpack filled with food for the weekend, every Friday during the school year. The items distributed help as many as 50 struggling families feed their kids when they’re not at school.

Several students’ stories have stayed with Marisol over the years, including one about a little girl named Tamyra.*

Tamyra was getting ready to head home one Friday afternoon. She was excited to have her backpack full of food because her mom works during the day most Saturdays and Sundays. Before she began receiving help through Food 4 Kids, there were times when the only thing she had to eat at home was a single olive. Heartbreaking as her story is, Tamyra isn’t alone.

“A lot of the parents work, but they just don’t have extra money for food,” Marisol explains.

Knowing friends like you support hunger-fighting programs like Food 4 Kids puts service providers like Marisol at ease. She says it’s inspiring to be a part of something that helps so many students.

“Thank you,” she says. “I know this seems like it’s just a bag of food, but when you see how some families struggle, it’s so much more: it’s stability.”

*Name was changed to protect child’s identity

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marisol-puterbaughMarisol Puterbaugh, social worker and care coordinator at Boyd Elementary in Allen works with families to ensure every student at the school is able to reach their full potential. She first began fighting hunger about four years ago as a Spanish language interpreter for the parents whose kids had enrolled in the Food 4 Kids program.

Provided in partnership with the North Texas Food Bank, and funded by your generous gifts, the Food 4 Kids program connects girls and boys with vital nourishment. Participating children receive a backpack filled with food for the weekend, every Friday during the school year. The items distributed help as many as 50 struggling families feed their kids when they’re not at school.

Several students’ stories have stayed with Marisol over the years, including one about a little girl named Tamyra.*

Tamyra was getting ready to head home one Friday afternoon. She was excited to have her backpack full of food because her mom works during the day most Saturdays and Sundays. Before she began receiving help through Food 4 Kids, there were times when the only thing she had to eat at home was a single olive. Heartbreaking as her story is, Tamyra isn’t alone.

“A lot of the parents work, but they just don’t have extra money for food,” Marisol explains.

Knowing friends like you support hunger-fighting programs like Food 4 Kids puts service providers like Marisol at ease. She says it’s inspiring to be a part of something that helps so many students.

“Thank you,” she says. “I know this seems like it’s just a bag of food, but when you see how some families struggle, it’s so much more: it’s stability.”

*Name was changed to protect child’s identity

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