Chef’s Restaurant has donated enough to the “Feed the Need to Read” First Book-Western New York Literacy Campaign to provide up to 400 children with new books. The program makes it possible for children from low-income families to have a favorite book of their own.

The program is part of a national network that delivers new books to children in need and promotes literacy.

“In order for our children to love reading and learning, they need to have access to books,” said Elizabeth Mattson of First Book-Western New York.

First Book-Western New York has provided books to six programs serving more than 800 low-income children since June 2013.

First Book reports that in middle-income families, each child has 13 books on average, but for low-income families, it is about one book for every 300 children. More than 80 percent of preschool and after-school programs serving children from low-income families have no age-appropriate books for their children.

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