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JASMINE BOOZER, holding 1-year-old Royal Goodwin and Niylah Boozer, 6, at the Starkist, Feed the Children, and Focus Pittsburgh event, June 22. (Photos by J.L. Martello)

For the second year in a row, StarKist teamed up with Feed the Children and Focus Pittsburgh to give 16,000 pounds of food to 400 needy families in Pittsburgh’s Hill District.

And for the second year in a row, it was a welcome success, according to those such as Tamarra Thomas.

“This is a beautiful event,” said Thomas, who came with her niece, Amaya Story. “I heard about it late last year—but they still had food for me. So, this year, I told some friends that didn’t know about it and they’re here. It’s very helpful, and the kids love the books and activities, too.”

The event was held June 22.

STARKIST IN THE COMMUNITY—From left: Alisa Faulk, Carmen McKinley, and Keith McGrew.

Focus Pittsburgh Director Father Paul Abernathy said unlike last year when all the recipients came at once, the families—all residents of the Bedford Hill Apartments who had been pre-selected via mail by Focus Pittsburgh—came to the parking lot at 2129 Bedford Ave. in waves to received their 25-pound food boxes, including StarKist products and 15-pound boxes of essentials and personal care items.

“That worked out better, especially with the heat—so it doesn’t look as big, but it is,” said Father Abernathy. “Plus, it gives everyone a chance to see all the other providers here and for the kids to do the activities.”

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