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Garry Mickelson, who co-founded the nonprofit Outreach Eats with wife Robin, serves up a sloppy joe to Mountain View Alternative High School junior Daveigha Linsenmann in front of the school Thursday. Outreach Eats is a skatepark ministry that provides free snacks for youths once a week, as well as kindness and encouragement.

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Feeding the future
February 12, 2024 1:07 a.m.

Feeding the future

Outreach Eats offers snacks, kindness through skatepark ministry

Steam lazily swirled from cups of hot cocoa and plates of cheese-sprinkled, saucy sloppy joes offered to students who stepped under the cover of a dripping canopy. The youths snagged plastic bags and made their ways down long tables, taking their picks and filling their sacks with fruit snacks, pudding cups, chip bags, fresh braided breads, pastries and other goodies. Each student was acknowledged with a friendly greeting reflective of the Outreach Eats motto, displayed on a banner hanging from the bright orange canopy: "Caring matters. Kindness matters. You matter."