Here's a staggering number... 1 in 5 kids suffers from food insecurity. Often times this means students may go to class hungry and it does have an impact not only on learning but growth and development too. While there are federal programs that help ensure students have a meal, that doesn't always cover life at home. It may not be your child but we all know someone or have been affected by this at some point in our life. If you haven't consider yourself blessed and perhaps you can help make a difference for someone who has.

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Amarillo Independent School District is teaming up with the High Plains Food Bank at the Polk Street United Methodist Church Tuesday, April 20th from 5:30pm to 7 to help raise money for Kids Cafe.

A $10 donation at the door gets you a wonderful homemade beef stew and a handcrafted bowl decorated by students as a keepsake to remind of the many bowls that go unfilled. Zack Wilson, executive director of High Plains Food Bank:

“One in five local children faces hunger, and this impacts students’ learning and development every day in the classroom, We are very grateful that AISD has partnered with us again to support Kids Cafe through Empty Bowls.”

It's not just the art department...

While the bowls will be painted and handcrafted by the students, AISD's Culinary Arts students will also provide fresh bred for the meal. The district itself will underwrite the cost of the beef stew ingredients that will be prepared by the Kids Cafe staff. Denise Blanchard, Director of Community Partnerships for AISD:

"By engaging our students in this districtwide service-learning project and our educators in an awareness campaign over hunger in our community, we are excited to support Kids Cafe and offer the creations of our students to our community,”

So what is the Empty Bowl Project?

The Empty Bowl Project is a grassroots movement worldwide that involves artists and crafters of all skill levels who see the problem of hunger and childhood hunger around the world. The movement supports food banks worldwide and has raised millions of dollars to help combat hunger.

Say You're From Amarillo Without Saying You're From Amarillo

Amarillo is a pretty quirky place. We've got the Big Texan, the weird signs, and (obviously) the famed Cadillac Ranch. But more than that, there's a distinct culture of close-knit community, eccentrics, a thriving arts scene, and much more.

The point is, living in Amarillo is a unique experience. Because of that, it's really pretty easy to tell who's a native or a long-time resident. And I can prove it.

Here's a couple of ways you can say you're from Amarillo.....without saying you're from Amarillo.

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