Phoenix High schoolers fill Thanksgiving bags for families in need

PHOENIX, Ore. – For the second year in a row… Phoenix high school students are giving back to families in need.

Last year, the School District was able to give out 50 boxes of food. This year, the Phoenix-Talent School District is helping 65 families across its five schools have enough food for the holidays.

The bags were filled today at Phoenix Elementary School by high schoolers in the district.

Community care specialist Katie McCormick says the school district is happy to help meet the need of its families.

“We’ve definitely seen a need this year, especially for food more so than last year,’ she said.  “We’ve doubled our referrals compared to last year and a lot of that is food insecurities just because of inflation and the cost of food.”

McCormick says every family who requested one but didn’t receive a box was referred to other agencies who could help with their needs.

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Taylar Ansures is a producer and reporter for NBC5 News. Taylar is from Redding, California and went to California State University, Chico. After graduating, she joined KRCR News Channel 7 in Redding as a morning producer. She moved to Southern Oregon in 2022 to be closer to family and became KTVL News 10’s digital producer. Taylar is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Professional Creative Writing through the University of Denver. In her free time, Taylar frequents independent bookstores and explores hiking trails across Southern Oregon and Northern California.
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