Charity feeds children with help from Arlington Tomorrow Foundation

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One in six households in Texas faces hunger.

The Vernon Wells Perfect 10 Charity wants to make sure Arlington children do not.

With help from the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation, Perfect 10 will provide backpacks full of healthy snacks this year to students at Peach Elementary School in Arlington.

“Our mission is to feed kids, emotionally, spiritually and physically,” Perfect 10 Executive Director Chris Howard said. “This is a way to tackle food insecurity.”

Food insecurity is defined as being without reliable access to affordable, nutritious food.

For many school-aged children, Howard said, food insecurity worsens during the weekend when schools are closed. So Perfect 10 provides snack packs on Friday afternoons with items like nuts, crackers, soup, juice and more.

To help, Arlington Tomorrow Foundation gave a $10,000 grant to feed students at Peach Elementary. In addition to Peach, Perfect 10 provides snack packs at seven other Arlington elementary schools.

Ashley West, counselor at Peach Elementary, said the help has been invaluable to children and their families.

“This means the world to our families,” West said. “Hungry kids cannot learn because they can’t think about anything other than their hunger. Our parents were ecstatic and grateful for this help.”

Launched by former Major League Baseball All-Star and Arlington native Vernon Wells and his wife, Charlene, the Perfect 10 Charity works to support emotional, physical and spiritual needs of disadvantaged children around Arlington. The nonprofit also provides summer enrichment and mentoring opportunities.

“It starts with feeding children,” Howard said. “Children who are physically nourished are ready to grow and reach their potential.”

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