By:DNHS Kin Club Executives Special to 92127 Magazine

Del Norte High School’s newest and largest community service club is hosting the “Feed A Child, Save A Life” Food Packaging Event on Friday, Mar. 16 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m on the school’s campus. The student-organized group, along with several hundred of their peers, will create 20,000 meals for kids in need. Some of the high protein, vitamin-enriched rice-soy meals will be locally distributed, with the majority being sent to orphanages in Haiti. At the event, the students will also be selling lemonade and refreshments with proceeds going to purchase water filtration systems for the Nkungi clean water program in Tanzania, Africa. Finally, the group also hopes to set up a “brown bag” area where volunteers will fill sacks with healthy snacks. The intent is to have these food packs available during the upcoming spring break for PUSD elementary students who normally would be provided hot lunch at school.

According to KIN Club founder and co-president Katarina Stapleford, “The focus of this project is not only to help children locally and globally in the fight against hunger, but to provide Del Norte students with an opportunity to get involved and to ‘do something.’ We hope to engage several hundred students in volunteerism and social activism, while showing them the personal rewards of community service.”

The project is being coordinated in conjunction with the Friends & Family Community Connection group. Since October, KIN Club has been working on raising the $5,000 that is necessary to purchase the meal ingredients and packing supplies. Through grass-roots fundraisers, along with corporate and private donations, including support from Sprouts Farmers Market, they have attained their goal. In addition, the high school club was just awarded a $500 grant from the national Do Something organization to help cover the event costs.

For more information or to discover ways to get involved, contact dnhsKINclub@gmail.com.