Imagine not having a single thing to eat for three days or longer. Some students in Columbia County experience that every summer. As school ends, so does their reliable lunch provided by administration.
Pat Grice says, "school is out; they don't have a lunch in the middle of the day. And they don't have a food for the weekend. So we're going to start tomorrow, Smart Lunch Smart Kid. That is going to provide food for these children during the week."
Teachers say students will return to school in August nearly 10 pounds lighter, that's why Action Ministries' Smart Lunch Smart Kid program has become so crucial to have.
Courtney Elledge reporting, "A few items needed the most are proteins. Peanut butter, meats, and things that is essential to the body."
More than 300 students have already enrolled into the program. Families pick up their boxed lunches each Monday at a select location or have them delivered. Inside will include: a loaf of bread, jams, fruit, and other non perishable items.
Program Director, Pat Grice, says,"That way they can enjoy having something in the day, and not have that fear"Grice says in a recovering economy, more families are turning to this program to feed their children.
Grice explains, "We're feeling the working poor, basically. We're feeding those people who have had some type of situation to come up in the home, whether that means a job loss or taking in family members."
These vacant shelves, shows the program has a long way to go - but with help from the community - to help feed hundreds of local children - organizers say they're hopeful no child will go hungry this summer.
For more information on the program, click here.
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