In this edition of Fox 8’s Cleveland’s Own Matt Kaulig sits down with PGA golfer Ben Curtis to talk about the Ben Curtis Family Foundation’s initiatives to fight hunger.

The Curtis family decided to help in the fight against hunger by contributing a solution directly to where the children would be – in their schools. They recognized that teachers see food insecurity in their classrooms every day and try to find ways to combat it with their own resources.

Ben and Candace partnered with a local elementary school principal to develop the Birdie Bag Program to send packages of food and toiletries home with food-insecure kids over long weekends during the school year.

When the kids are hungry, they can’t learn in the classroom.

Candace Curtis, Founder, Ben Curtis Family Foundation

In their hometown of Kent, the percentage of children in the school systems on a food subsidy program at that time was close to 48 percent – with one school at 80 percent.

To learn more about food insecurity and how you can help the Ben Curtis Family Foundation, visit

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