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Spurs Coach Popovich, SA Food Bank Urge Community To Feed Kids In Need

San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Food Bank are asking the community for donations to feed hungry students this summer. Summer is the highest time of need for the Food Bank and for more than 200,000 local kids. They receive free or reduced meals at school but lack resources during weekends and school holidays.

Popovich says the need for meals has doubled from last year.

“We have a problem,” Popovich says.  “It’s got nothing to do with pick and roll or rebounding or anything like that. It’s about our kids. Here in our San Antonio area in the summertime, one out of every four kids is going to have a problem and be challenged food-wise as far as meals are concerned, which results in hunger. One in four.”

 

Popovich says HEB shoppers can donate $1, $3 or $5 to the Food Bank when they check out. He says volunteers are also needed in packing and distributing meals and donating non-perishable foods.

 

Eric Cooper is President and CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank.  He says peanut butter is one of the most needed donation items. Cooper says rice, beans, tuna and other proteins are also in demand.

Louisa Jonas is an independent public radio producer, environmental writer, and radio production teacher based in Baltimore. She is thrilled to have been a PRX STEM Story Project recipient for which she produced a piece about periodical cicadas. Her work includes documentaries about spawning horseshoe crabs and migratory shorebirds aired on NPR's Weekend All Things Considered. Louisa previously worked as the podcast producer at WYPR 88.1FM in Baltimore. There she created and produced two documentary podcast series: Natural Maryland and Ascending: Baltimore School for the Arts. The Nature Conservancy selected her documentaries for their podcast Nature Stories. She has also produced for the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s Distillations Podcast. Louisa is editor of the book Backyard Carolina: Two Decades of Public Radio Commentary. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her training also includes journalism fellowships from the Science Literacy Project and the Knight Digital Media Center, both in Berkeley, CA. Most recently she received a journalism fellowship through Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where she traveled to Toolik Field Station in Arctic Alaska to study climate change. In addition to her work as an independent producer, she teaches radio production classes at Howard Community College to a great group of budding journalists. She has worked as an environmental educator and canoe instructor but has yet to convince a great blue heron to squawk for her microphone…she remains undeterred.