A Kingsville business that made hundreds of healthy lunches for area school children before the COVID-19 pandemic has switched gears and become a hub for daily food security for needy families.
Dennis Rogers, co-owner of Green Heart Kitchen with his wife Haley Rogers, prepared lunches for kids at 30 area schools through the Green Heart Lunch Club, before the shutdown. When the pandemic hit, they had to lay off most of their employees.
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But the need for food didn’t end.
“With the school’s being closed down, there was a pretty big need because a lot of kids relied on that (program),” Rogers said.
“Unfortunately these days, there’s a lot of kids who don’t eat every day. So they rely on the (school) breakfast programs and the snack programs.”
Rogers soon got a call from Kingsville public school principal James Cowper, who asked if he and Haley were interested in partnering up to provide breakfast bags to needy children.