LAWRENCE – This is National Hunger Awareness Month and students at Esperanza Academy are launching a hunger awareness campaign in the city.

The campaign will include a nonperishable foods drive that will place food-collection boxes at the school, in local businesses, and in City Hall. The students’ goal is to collect hundreds of cans and boxes of nutritious foods to help restock the food supplies of “Bread and Roses” soup kitchen and “Neighbors in Need” food pantry.

In the next few weeks, Esperanza Academy students will also go out into the community to get the word out on the growing problem of “food insecure” households across Massachusetts and right here in their Lawrence neighborhoods. According to the 2011 Project Bread’s Status Report on Hunger, 10.8 percent of households in Massachusetts were food insecure—this is the highest rate ever recorded since Massachusetts first began collecting this data in 1995.

Esperanza Academy is a tuition-free, independent middle school in the Episcopal tradition welcoming girls of diverse faiths, races, and cultures from Lawrence, Massachusetts. The school inspires students to become active learners and responsible global citizens

“We are proud of our students’ initiative to raise hunger awareness in the community,” said Christopher Wilson, Esperanza Head of School. “At Esperanza Academy, we are committed to empowering our students by helping them develop the skills they will need to become tomorrow’s leaders.”

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