Summer lunch programs combating hunger all season long

Free lunch programs are kicking off with the start of summer vacation.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) School is out but lunch is still being served.

“In the summer months if we didn’t have these programs there are a lot of kids who really would go hungry,” Fort Wayne Community Schools Public Information Officer Krista Stockman said.

FWCS, Fort Wayne Parks and Rec and Allen County Libraries are kicking off their summer lunch program. Free lunches are served at more than 50 locations across the city nearly every day. Last year, thousands of students took advantage of the free meals.

“We served 110,000 meals, so a lot of those are students who may come every single day,” Stockman said.

Community Harvest Food Bank is also launching its summer food program to help feed kids in nine counties.

“If we didn’t do it a lot of the kids wouldn’t get fed,” Operations Assistant Melissa Hoover said. “There are a lot of kids who are home alone while their parents are at work and they just don’t have what they need there to have a nutritious, so it’s huge.”

Hoover said the food bank sees a spike during summer months when kids are at home all day.She said they work to serve more than a thousand hot meals every week.

“The need is there definitely, so we are prepared to do about 1,800 meals a week and if we need to do more we’ll do more,” Hoover said.

Hoover said in order to serve thousands of children every week they always need extra hands.

“It’s all run by volunteers,” Hoover said. “Everything is strictly volunteer based so it’s amazing how many people really show up.”

To learn more about how you can volunteer with Community Harvest Food Bank and a list of free lunch sites it provides click here.

Most programs hosted by FWCS run from June 9 through July 31, however some programs extend until August 6. For the full list of locations providing lunch during the summer, click here.

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