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Project Joy Highlights Hunger in Our Own Backyard

Baihly Warfield
Updated: November 01, 2019 08:52 PM

It's hard to imagine kids leaving school on Friday afternoon and not eating again until Monday morning. 

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But that is a reality in our own backyard, something that Friday's 8th annual Project Joy event highlighted. 

People turned out to the Duluth Curling Club by the dozens to raise money for the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank and their BackPack Program. 

"Without it, a kid might eat their last meal on Friday at lunch, and they might not eat until Monday morning for breakfast, which is shocking in our own backyard, which is our theme tonight," Laura Plys said.

Plys started Project Joy after her husband Patrick passed away from brain cancer. 

"I have five kids at home. And so I wanted to, I needed to do something with my life, and I wanted to keep his memory alive by giving back to the community. And he was very passionate about giving back to the community," she said. 

According to Deb Roach, a former teacher, "you can't learn unless you're fed."

"When these kids come to school on Mondays and they have headaches because they haven't eaten all weekend or they're not feeling well and they're going to the nurse's office, then you see that there's a problem," Roach said. "So when these kids have the food, they don't go through this food insecurity."

The event typically raises about $30,000 for Project Joy and Second Harvest.

Donations are also accepted online.

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Baihly Warfield

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