Sony, Grimmway Farms team up to fight hunger at the movies

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -  

A national group is teaming up with Sony and some of the country’s leading produce growers including Grimmway Farms to help fight hunger.

More than 100,000 pounds of fresh produce is being donated to food pantries as part of ‘Hunger Action Month.’

Most of the food featured in “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” may not always be at the kitchen table, but several organizations hope to change that for young people in Kern County.

“I just move around a lot,” said Tredarius Jones, 8, who knows what its like not having a permanent home.

Jones lives at the Bakersfield Homeless Center.

“My home is like real great because it’s here.  They pass out clothes and shoes,” he said.

The Champ Camp is an on-site after-school program at the center.  It’s a place where Jones and many other homeless children like to spend time reading, writing and playing games.

“They’ve been struggling.  They possibly moved to different schools so they are a little bit behind and by keeping them on track we can keep them on grade level,” said Jerri Alvarado, Champ Camp Supervisor.

Feeding America is the nation’s leading hunger relief organization and a group teaming up with Sony and Grimmway Farms in Bakersfield to give many of them their first experience at the movies.

“This is a premiere.  We even had to explain to them what a premiere was,” she said.

Feeding America is tying the release of “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” with its campaign to provide food to hungry kids in communities around the country.

“They just want to be kids. They really don’t’ realize what their situation is at this point, but this is something.  Its almost as if Santa is here,” said Bob Borda, vice-president of marketing at Grimmway Farms.

For many of these young people, it’s just a chance to live out some of their dreams.

“I look forward to really going to the movies.  We’ll only spent three hours there and come back so, I’m trying to picture in my head that we’re going to have the most exciting moments of our lives,” said Jones.

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