D-backs' Parra, Baxter help fight childhood hunger with Kitchen on the Street


by April Warnecke

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Video report by Tyler Baldwin

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Updated Thursday, May 1 at 10:26 AM

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks are stepping up to the plate to help fight childhood hunger in Arizona.

Diamondbacks mascot Baxter joined outfielder Gerardo Parra at the non-profit Kitchen On The Street to pack bags of food for Valley kids on Wednesday.

Some 600,000 kids in Arizona receive free or reduced-price meals during the school week, but often go hungry on weekends.

Kitchen On The Street provides "Bags of Hope" filled with non-perishable and nutritious food and snacks to feed kids over the weekends.

Parra joined United Healthcare workers to pack up 49,000 meals, one for every seat at Chase Field.

The Diamondbacks will do this again on May 14 at Chase Field during the game with the Nationals.

One in four Arizona kids struggles with hunger.

For more information about Kitchen on the Street, check out their website at www.kitchenonthestreet.org.