LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The summer months are the most challenging for children who rely on school meals. To combat children at risk of hunger, Food Finders has launched 26 feeding sites in six area counties for those in need.
When school lets out for the summer months, millions of children across the nation lose access to the free and reduced-price meals they receive during the school year. According to Food Finders, nearly 30,000 of those are children are in the News 18 viewing area.
Organizers said the Summer Food Service Program aims to fill that gap by providing children with free, healthy meals during the summer months. They said this ensures at risk children will not miss meals and will receive proper nutrition.
The lunches are free and are open to children ages 2 to 18. The summer program runs from June 4 to Aug. 10. With the exception of being closed on July 4, the meals are available daily to any child without discrimination, representatives said.
Katy Bunder, executive director of Food Finders Food Bank, said since the BackPack Program began they have been concerned about meeting the nutritional needs of those children during the summer months.
“We hope that every child who needs lunch this summer will be able to get to one of our sites” Bunder told News 18 in a release.
She said through the summer feeding sites in the community, Food Finders can be certain that no child will miss meals or go without proper nutrition this summer.
“Childhood hunger doesn’t get a summer vacation.” said Bunder. “At Food Finders Food Bank it is our vision that no child goes hungry.”
Food Finders Food Bank is launching 26 Summer Food Service Program sites in six counties for our area this summer. Click on the county of choice below to view the list of sites available in that area.
If you would like additional information, contact Food Finders Food Bank at 765-471-0062 or visit the Food Finder’s website.