Currently, the Hungry Kids Project packs weekend meal bags for over 380 students of Chino Valley and Paulden. Each bag contains 9 meals, for a total of 109,440 meals this school year! Annually, HKP provides over 80,000 meals to kids to help get them through each weekend, when they would otherwise go without. Since its inception in 2012, it is estimated that HKP has provided one million meals!
Founded by a Chino Valley High School graduate and a Chino Valley High School junior in 2018, Chino Valley Food Neighbors also known as “The Green Bag Project” is in its 4th year, Food Neighbor volunteers collect, sort and redistribute over 14,000 pounds of food annually. Donated food is used in the weekend meal bags, is distributed through an emergency food pantry, and is provided for families in need through the Chino Valley Family Resource Center. To date, Chino Valley Food Neighbors has collected and shared over 30,000 pounds of food in their community!
In the Chino Valley Unified School District, almost 65% (1400 students) qualify for free or reduced lunch. About 473 of these students are being raised by someone other than a parent and more than 400 meet the federal definition of homeless. Through the Chino Valley Unified School District’s Family Resource Center and with the help of the Chino Valley Education Foundation, many needs of these students are met. Each year children receive school supplies, clothing, hygiene items, shoes, and even bikes! This helps ensure that they are healthy and ready to learn at school. Throughout the year children are supported by volunteers who also provide gifts at Christmas time. This year, gifts and food will be provided for over 400 children!