Program that provides free, emergency food hopes to reach more kids this summer
Eau Claire (WQOW)- In the blink of an eye school will be out for the summer. And those school meals that provide much needed nutrition will be out of reach for many.
Feed My People food bank has partnered with donors in the community to provide Weekend Kids Meals. It's a sack of food students can take home with them on Friday so they won't go hungry over the weekend. That program will continue even after school is out, and this summer Feed My People hopes to hand out more meals than ever.
When school is in session around 1,700 meals are sent home with students each week. The food bank says as soon as school is out that number drops drastically. Only 1,800 meals were handed out all of last summer. The numbers drop because it's harder to reach the kids. Generally they're handed out to those enrolled in summer school or at area Boys and Girls Clubs.
In hopes of boosting reach there will now be many more places for kids to pick up meals during the summer months. In Eau Claire that includes the L.E. Phillips Public Library, The Hmong Mutual Assistance Office and a handful city parks. You can find a full list HERE. There will also be 3 sites in Chippewa Falls; Boys and Girls club, Agnes Table and Parkview where summer school classes are being held.
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