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Austin Students Donate Food and Coats

Photo by Reshma Kirpalani for KUT News
Hannah Katz helps to unload canned goods from O. Henry Middle School where her father Robert Katz is a Special Education teacher.

Three-hundred students gathered at the Capital Area of Food Bank today to drop off cans of food and warm coats as part of A Day of Service.  They spent the morning unloading nonperishable food items out of portable storage sheds that had been installed on their campuses last month.

The event was organized by A Legacy of Giving, a philanthropy organization on 33 campuses in Austin.

“I think it’s important that they see that it doesn’t matter what your socio economic is, what your faith based is, that kids as kids can make a huge difference when they gather together with a common goal," said the organization's executive director Linda Brucker.

“Everyone thinks we need to go out and solve world hunger, but really it’s just the little things that we do that can help," said Bowie High senior, Matt Orlando.

Last year’s Day of Service brought in 55,000 pounds of food and 2,500 coats. The Capital Area Food Bank, which distributes about 73,000 pounds of food daily, will weigh all of today’s food donations to determine how much was collected. 

The food will then be handed over to partner agencies to be distributed to those in need. The collected coats will be donated to the non-profit organization, Coats for Kids.

Reshma Kirpalani works as a freelancer at KUT News.
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