Kitchen on Street opens new cafe

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Kitchen on the Street just opened a new cafe where proceeds benefit the Kitchen on the Street nonprofit.

Kitchen on the Street provides 1,500 Bags of Hope (food backpacks) to food insecure children throughout the Phoenix Metro area.

This week, Kitchen on the Street announced expansion of the Bags of Hope program to serve food insecure children in Palo Verde Middle School and Sweetwater Elementary School; both within the Washington Elementary School District. 

"Turning hunger into hope one child at a time is our mission at Kitchen on the Street. Bags of Hope provide weekend food and nutrition so children can return to school Monday ready to learn and be a success both inside and outside the classroom," says Lisa Scarpinato, CEO of Kitchen on the Street.

This expansion coincides with the start of the new school year and Hunger Awareness Month in September.  5 children will be moved from Kitchen on the Street's current waiting list of 690 currently, and will receive a Bag of Hope each weekend of the school year.  Kitchen on the Street research shows that childrens' reading skills improved by 12% and math skills improved by 26% after receiving a Bag of Hope on a regular basis.  This weekend food, in conjunction with the federally funded breakfast and lunch program allows impoverished children access to food seven days a week.

Street Cafe and Coffee Lounge is located on the corner of Shea Boulevard and Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale.

To learn more about how you can turn hunger into hope please visit www.KitchenOnTheStreet.org

About Kitchen on the Street

Kitchen on the Street is a volunteer driven organization working to eliminate childhood hunger. Nearly 600,000 Arizona children receive breakfast and lunch at a reduced price due to their family's low economic circumstance, but thousands of them have no consistent source of food outside of school. Kitchen on the Street is that source! More than 1,500 children each weekend take home a Bag of Hope for weekend consumption at home. A Bag of Hope provides the food and nutrition necessary to fuel a child's body and sustain healthy growth and development. Kitchen on the Street was founded by Phoenix residents Vince and Lisa Scarpinato.  To learn more about Kitchen on the Street, call 480-200-4968.

You can also do your part to end childhood hunger. Shop and donate throughout the entire month of September at any AJ's Fine FoodsAlbertsonsBashas' or Safeway store across Arizona and support seven local non-profits that have specific programs dedicated to feeding hungry children in our state. Research shows that hungry children struggle more in school and have a higher rate of behavioral and social problems.

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