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placeholder January 9, 2017   •   VOL. 55, NO. 1   •   Oakland, CA
Third-graders use Rice Bowl grant to feed the hungry

The youngest recipients of a Rice Bowl grant are the third-graders at All Saints School in Hayward. This is the third year the students of Marianne Landis have received the grant, so it's a different group of third-graders each time.

Landis provided this update on the grant:

Since receiving the first CRS Rice Bowl Grant in 2014, our monthly third grade lunch-making program has grown is a way I never imagined when I wrote the original grant. It has become a true community effort. Parents volunteer to help with the sandwich making. Leftover, non-perishable items from school events are often donated to us for the lunches. A neighbor has let us pick fruit from their orange tree. We've received monetary donations from people who have heard about our program and want to help. (A graduate from the All Saints Class of 1955 surprised us with a $500 donation. He would like to see the program expanded to other grades so that each week a different class could make lunches. We would love to see that too!)

As a result we average about 66 lunches a month and have made approximately 1,000 lunches to date. Pretty impressive for 8-year-olds! None of this would have been possible without our CRS Rice Bowl Grant.

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