Local Kids Get Fuel for Their Tummies

By Claudine Contreras
|  Friday, Jan 28, 2011  |  Updated 3:01 PM PDT
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Local Kids Get Fuel for Their Tummies

NBCSanDiego

PGA Wives gave out bags full of food to local children.

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While their husbands make their way around the Torrey Pines Golf Course, an organization called the PGA Wives lent a helping hand on Friday by passing out bags of food to students at a local elementary school.

"You can't expect children to learn if they haven't got food in their tummy," said Kate Rose, wife of PGA player Justin Rose. "It's fuel for them."

Five hundred food-filled bags were delivered to kids in need at Doris Miller Elementary School in Tierrasanta. It's all part of a project called "Blessings in a Backpack." The charity that gives food to underprivileged children whose families qualify for the federal free meal program.

According to Kate Rose, those children often don't receive nutritious meals once they go home on the weekends.

That's where the backpacks come in.

"Every week during the school year these children are being provided with enough food to get them through the weekend, so they can come back to school on a Monday ready to learn," Rose said.

Every Friday, the program provides kids with backpacks filled with ready-to-eat food and on Monday, the kids return the backpacks, ready to learn. Then, the cycle begins again the next Friday.

The project has proven to increase school performance and attendance nationwide.

Charity organizers say they plan to continue "Blessings in a Backpack" in San Diego for at least three more years.
 

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