Helping kids stay fed during the summer
During the school year, kids and their parents get into a routine. Parents drop their kids off at school, and go to work knowing their child will be fed lunch and a snack. But what happens during the summer months?
“When their out of school where are they going to eat? Well hey, we can do something about that,” said Pastor Terri Leigh of Closer Walk Church.
Pastor Buckner contacted the Brunswick Family Assistance, and asked to use her church as a site for their free summer lunch program. The program aims to feed low income children healthy meals even when their not at school.
Nearly 89 to 90 percent of kids in the Leland area are on the free and reduced lunch program, Closer Walker Church will be offering a free breakfast and lunch to kids under the age of 18 for the rest of the summer.
Free lunches are available for kids at 16 different sites around Brunswick County. Down the street at Belville Elementary, volunteers were busy cleaning up after their free lunch program. They served about 30 kids, not only does the free lunch program keep area kids fed, but it gets children out of the house for an hour or so during the day.
New Hanover County is working on launching their free lunch program. They are just waiting on funding approval from the state.
Columbus County has one lunch station at Riley Creek Baptist Church.
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