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Ben and Candace Curtis form Family Foundation

CLEVELAND - It is no secret that family is very important to PGA Tour pro Ben Curtis and his wife, Candace.

So, it comes as no surprise they have founded the Ben Curtis Family Foundation.

"We were watching a television show on hunger and it truly opened our eyes," said Candace Curtis, whose husband has been known to skip tournaments in order to spend more time with his family. "So, we started doing some research and discovered this is a real problem in Northeast Ohio, more specifically, our hometown of Kent."

So, the idea of Ben's Birdie Bags came about and a trial run took place recently with great success.

Partnering with the Akron Food Bank, the Haymaker Farmers Market, and True Vision Marketing of Chagrin Falls and working in conjunction with the Kent schools, the Curtises distributed approximately 160 backpacks to students at Kent's Holden Elementary. Each backpack was filled with three meals and two snacks. The food choices ranged from mac-and-cheese to oatmeal to pasta to cereal to fruit juice. The children were instructed to take them home.

"In the Kent district alone, there are 753 kids on some sort of subsidized lunch program," said Candace, a product of the Kent schools, as well as Kent State. "So, for many, this could be their only meal."

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