Turning Hunger into Hope

Lisa Scarpinato

Lisa Scarpinato’s world changed 17 years ago when a friend told her of watching a local second-grader digging through the school cafeteria trash and stuffing discarded food in her pocket.

The night she heard that story, she and her husband Vince committed to starting Kitchen on the Street. Today they create Bags of Hope – food backpacks that provide weekend nutrition to food-insecure children.

But they didn’t stop there – they also have Family Food Pantries on school campuses and other locations; a food rescue program that picks up food ready to be discarded; Fresh on Deck classes to teach students about nutrition in afterschool programs and clubs; Taking it to the Street classroom presentations to educate affluent students; and the Jr. Board of Directors to train the next generation in volunteering and service.

Since then, she’s been honored by Self Magazine’s Women Doing Good Award, appeared on the Today Show, and received a National Points of Light award.

Click here to learn more about Kitchen on the Street: https://www.kitchenonthestreet.org/

Original air date: June 8, 2023

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