Caitlyn Zacharko - New Smyrna Beach High School TeenZone

December 21, 2020 - Daytona Beach News-Journal USA TODAY NETWORK

ABOUT THIS SERIES: Founded in 2007, Food Brings Hope provides after- school programs in 27 schools in Volusia County and two in Flagler County. The programs provide atrisk students opportunities to improve grades, have fun, and receive nourishing food. Throughout the holidays, The News-Journal is highlighting the program by publishing the stories of some of its young participants. For more information, visit


My name is Caitlyn Zacharko. I'm 15 years old and in ninth grade at New Smyrna Beach High School. My favorite subject is physical education and I enjoy attending school. Mrs. Luff is our Food Brings Hope TeenZone sponsor and is a chef. She shares many culinary lessons with us which I thoroughly enjoy. She has inspired me so much so that when I graduate from high school, I would like to attend culinary school and also become a chef.

During the holiday season, I am looking forward to spending time with my family. I have two brothers, Connor and Kyle. I hope I receive clothes from H& M or American Eagle, food and a Lego set for Christmas. I would also like to give my mom some nice clothing or a gift card to her favorite store.

I worry about my family a lot and the food I receive each week from Food Brings Hope really helps us. Now, I don't have to worry as much as before I joined TeenZone.

Although this is my first year in TeenZone, I am really enjoying it. I have already met new friends through the program. We haven't been able to go on field trips yet, but the Christmas party we just had was lots of fun. We got to hang out and enjoy each other's company.

At Christmas, I want to thank Food Brings Hope for providing the food we receive each week. It's very helpful to my family and others. 

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