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The Range | Jan. 22, 2021

Some neighborhoods in Wichita's 67214 zip code, west of Wichita State University, have long struggled with poverty and access to fresh, healthy food. 

But a community group is trying to change that by providing free breakfasts, groceries — and even books. This week on The Range, we stop by a Books & Breakfast event to meet some of the people behind the initiative, and some of the residents it's serving.

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Photo captions:

Main photo: Zechariah holds up the new book he received at a recent Books & Breakfast event as his grandmother, Gloria Reed, looks on.

#2: Tadonne Neal coordinates the Books & Breakfast program and is chair of the nonprofit CORE.

#3: Volunteer Elena Davidson cooks eggs and sausage for the Books & Breakfast program. The volunteers now put food in to-go containers for people to pick up.

#4: Volunteer Chris Batta makes pancakes for the Books & Breakfast program.

#5: A table of free books the program hands out every 2nd and 4th Saturday.

#6: Antar Gholar, left, has been volunteering for years.

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