Hazel Green Food Project donates more than 100 lbs. of beef to elementary school

Published: Mar. 25, 2022 at 2:26 PM EDT

WOLFE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - The Hazel Green Food Project partnered with CS&K Farms and Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry to donate ground beef to Red River Valley Elementary School on Friday.

In total, the food project dropped off 150 lbs. of meat to the elementary school.

Each Student was able to take a pound of meat home with them.

“They get food items that wouldn’t normally get purchased at the grocery store because they would be considered frivolous, and parents maybe don’t buy that because they can’t afford that type of food,” said Katrina Montgomery, a teacher at the elementary school.

Red River Valley Elementary School Principal Brian Creech said this donation will benefit the students immensely since more than 85% of the students rely on the free or reduced lunch program.

“I just can’t stress enough how important it is,” said Creech. “I appreciate the people that work with them to make sure that we get stuff to be able to give out. We couldn’t do this without them. We couldn’t do this without the Hazel Green Food Project.”

Creech added that this donation will also ease the minds of faculty and staff since they know the kids will have food for the weekend.

“When the kids are here at school, we know they’re getting fed, we know they’re getting what they need, but then they go home on the weekends, we worry about them all weekend,” he said.

Hazel Green Food Project President Nicky Stacy said she hopes to continue this partnership with CS&K Farms and Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry to help end hunger in Eastern Kentucky.

“Today’s project is just the beginning,” said Stacy. “I feel like if we keep growing a connection to the community and with the school that people won’t feel ashamed to reach out to us when they’re in need of food.”

Stacy added that if you have school aged children and are in need of some extra assistance, you can message the Hazel Green Food Project on Facebook and say “how about them...” followed by your child’s school mascot and they can help you as discretely as possible.

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