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Allen adds FUEL to students' school day
Morrison teachers assistant Benita Allen shows food thats sent home with 35 students at the school every Friday.

 Benita Allen sees hungry kids every day.
In her job as a teacher’s assistant at Morrison School, Allen has gotten to know which children get enough to eat at home and which ones don’t.
“We have a lot of kids who are hungry,” said Allen.
The school system provides free breakfast and lunch to students when school is in session, but the weekends can be troublesome. That’s why Allen spearheaded a program about six years ago to send a sack of food home with certain students on Friday afternoons.
“A few weeks into the school year we start to get an idea about which kids need it,” said Allen. “We try to do it as discreetly as possible. I feel it’s important because if you don’t have food to eat, it’s hard to come to school and learn.”
This type of effort is commonly called a FUEL program. A number of organizations partner with other schools in Warren County to do a similar thing.
Allen gets financial assistance from Morrison United Methodist Church and Morrison Ruritan to conduct the program at Morrison School. She says the snack bags cost about $5 each and are distributed to 35 students.
Allen says it’s been proven that students who have enough to eat are better citizens and do better in the classroom. She says she enjoys the work because it has meaningful results.
“There are a lot of children in one-parent families and they struggle,” said Allen. “This has worked well and it’s a worthwhile project. I can’t imagine my child trying to work and being hungry.”