Local organizations aim to help fight summer hunger

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Schools are starting summer break, which means Food Finders Food Bank is getting ready for its busiest time of the year. The food bank is kicking off its fifth annual Summer Food Program this week.

Director of Operations Kim Motuliak said the program offers free lunch for kids who may come from families living on a budget.

“Families that have budget struggles anyway really are hard-pressed when the kids are home for the summer because generally they would get breakfast and lunch at school. So, that is a lot of extra meals put on a family budget,” said Motuliak.

Motuliak said they offer lunch Monday through Friday at 2 p.m. Food Finders Food Bank partnered up with Meals on Wheels this year to provide healthy lunches for kids.

They also have planned activities for the kids, like games and coloring.

“We serve lunch from 2-3 p.m. and after the kids eat, which does not really take that long. We do some kind of a nutrition lesson with them on certain days. We also do fun and games and color pages,” added Motuliak.

There is another organization that aims to help those living on a budget.

Saint John’s Church Rector Bradley Pace said the Saint John’s/Lafayette Urban Ministry Food Pantry off N. Sixth Street offers food like frozen meat and canned goods to adults on a limited budget.

“You dig just a little bit, you find that there are a lot of people who are struggling financially or struggling to make ends meet, and who are struggling to put food on the table. I think that is why this is so important to us,” said Pace.

The food pantry is normally open on weekday mornings, but now it is adding hours on the weekend. Starting June 7, the food pantry will be open from 1-3 p.m. on Saturdays.

“It gives people additional opportunity to come to the food pantry. We are usually open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday all in the morning. This will give another set of hours that people could come,” said Pace.

The Saint John’s/LUM Food Pantry is open year round.

The Food Finders Food Bank Summer Food Program lasts until school starts. There are three open sites for the Summer Food Program in Tippecanoe County.

For Food Finders Food Bank Summer Food Program sites, click here.

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