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Posted May 14, 2013

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Chamiza Elementary Keeps up the Drive to Feed Infants

Baby food drive has received national attention and grant funding.

Chamiza Elementary students are continuing their drive to feed babies in the Albuquerque area by collecting jars of baby food, formula and cereal. In fact, they are inviting other APS schools to join them.

“The need to feed the infants in our community is great, as these little ones need the proper nutrition for physical, mental and emotional development,” Chamiza kindergarten teacher Sandy Warrick said.

Warrick’s students have collected 1,844 meals for babies this year, most of it jars of baby food. Warrick plans to distribute a student book about the baby food drive to schools next fall, asking them to become part of the effort.

Students ask their parents for jobs around the house that they can be paid for, and use the proceeds to purchase baby food. Warrick said one of her students opened a lemonade stand and spent the $21 she earned to by 40 jars of baby food.

Warrick has run this project since 2002, working with the Storehouse food pantry to distribute the food collected by students. Scholastic, Inc., presented Chamiza a $2,500 award in 2011 to help keep it up. Generation On recently provided a $250 grant.

“Teaching our young students to help the babies is not only a great service to the hungry babies and their families, but will also have a tremendous impact on our community for years to come,” Warrick said.

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