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Patrick Francisco, a volunteer with Helping Hungry Kids, packs bagged meals for needy children into containers during the group’s weekly meal packing event Thursday, April 5.

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Helping Hungry Kids in Reston

Reston-based group is in third year of providing weekend meals.

Three years ago, Sandy Amato and Connie Laurent-Roy began their quest to feed hungry children in the Reston area. They began simply, in Amato’s basement, making about 80 meals a week for some children at Dogwood Elementary School that qualified for free lunches. The meals are for children to eat on weekends, when they cannot get meals at school.

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