Posted: Mar 2, 2013 7:09 PM
Updated: Mar 2, 2013 7:41 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - The Junior League of Corpus Christi and the food bank are helping to feed and clean one thousand local children this weekend. According to the U.S. Census, nearly 19 percent of Nueces County residents live below the poverty level.
Today at the food bank, volunteers filled backpacks with food and hygiene items like shampoo, body wash and toothpaste. The children's families may qualify for food stamps but the stamps can't be used for most personal care items.
"It's important because children are under a tremendous amount of stress already," said Junior League Helping Hands Committee Member, Monique Martinez. "They really shouldn't have to worry where there next meal is going to come from and certainly shouldn't have to worry about hygiene products so the fact we can help a thousand kids is a huge, huge deal."
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