RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Hunger is not just a problem for adults who are struggling financially, it also affects their children. So, a local youth leadership group is giving food to kids in need.
"Knowing that we're going to help out a bunch of kids, I'm just so excited for it," said 16-year-old Austi Thompson. "We're all excited for it."
Thompson is one of six in a youth leadership program through the Community Services Agency.
"One of the reasons that they picked giving back to kids is because it's something that's close to their heart," said CSA Employment Placement Manager DeAndrea Ceccarelli. "Because these were kids in need. These could very well be kids in their neighborhood."
Ceccarelli said the girls came up with the idea to give snack packs and toothbrushes to kids at Saint Vincent's food pantry.
Pantry Director Scott Cooksley said you do not have to be a regular customer to attend. "Anybody that has children [who is] having some challenges with food, we want to see them."
They say children are often overlooked and this will mean more than just getting snacks. "They get the attention for them and recognition that they they're a person too."
"They know that there's people that care about them and not just adults, that other youth in the community care about them and their needs," Ceccarelli said.
The girls are benefitting too. They are learning how to be leaders and how to help their community. "I feel like this whole experience is really awesome just knowing that all of us put in so much work for it," 17-year-old Adriana Ruiz said.
"It's all pretty unforgettable," Thompson said. "Just the whole event itself and we did it. We came up with it. We made it happen."
The event is this Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside of St. Vincent's, 500 East Fourth Street. It is open to any child 13 or younger who is struggling with hunger.
Parents do not need to be registered with the pantry to bring your child. You just need to bring a Nevada ID to show you are local.