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Durham group educates, feeds to break cycle of poverty

Posted July 11, 2016 6:09 p.m. EDT

— From the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle kitchen in Raleigh, to Durham's Farragut Systems to pick up bags of food donated by employees and into east Durham, David Reese, president and CEO of the East Durham Children's Initiative charts a course to break the cycle of poverty.

EDCI serves a community with plenty of challenges.

"We have schools that have a 100 percent free- and reduced-lunch rate," Reese said.

ECDI supports parents and provides learning opportunities for children from birth through high school. The goal is to keep them engaged in learning all year long.

"This is about having kids thinking and learning during the summer, but also having a good nutritious meal," Reese said.

Between learning camps in the morning and afternoon, the children get a hot, healthy lunch from the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.

At the end of the day, they take home bags of food so they have something to eat through the weekend.

"When kids are healthy and they're eating well, they perform better academically," Reese said.

Good nutrition is a big part of success. As Reese watches Durham's children grow, he says their lives and communities will change for the better.

That's why he encourages support for the Inter-faith Food Shuttle's fight against hunger.

"What they're doing is becoming part of the process rather than sitting on the sidelines," he said. "They're being part of the solution."