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Northwest Harvest donates food backpacks to Spokane students

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

One in five Washington children struggles with hunger.

Many Spokane children rely on getting meals at school so they won't go hungry at night, but when kids go home for winter break, those regular meals can be few and far between.

Northwest Harvest has stepped up to the plate. The agency sent 500 Spokane students at eight different schools home with backpacks of food.

"No child should go hungry. They shouldn't be hungry any time of year but especially during the holiday season," said Julie Delaney, Northwest Harvest Community Engagement Manager.

For many Spokane students, hunger is a real problem.

"Longfellow is a high poverty school. About 83 percent of our kids receive free or reduced lunches. And so when we get to weekends or breaks our kids don't have the breakfast or lunch provided by school," said Meghan Anderson, Longfellow Elementary Principal.

The project was made possible with a $150,000 grant from Boeing over the next two years.

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