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Local Programs Set to Feed Hungry Children During the Summer

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Childhood hunger is a big problem here in Central Virginia. Thousands of kids rely on school meals to get fed, but with classes coming to an end, soon they’ll have to find somewhere else to go. Childhood hunger is a big problem here in Central Virginia. Thousands of kids rely on school meals to get fed, but with classes coming to an end, soon they’ll have to find somewhere else to go.
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Childhood hunger is a big problem here in Central Virginia. Thousands of kids rely on school meals to get fed, but with classes coming to an end, soon they’ll have to find somewhere else to go. Fortunately, there are several programs in the area committed to ending childhood hunger.

Summertime—it’s when most kids are thinking about how to have fun. But for a staggering 28,000 children in Central Virginia, they’re also worrying about where their next meal is coming from.

“The parents are working and they might be working part-time jobs, and they need to have money to pay their rent, keep the electric on,” said Hope Kestle, the child programs manager at FeedMore.

When it comes down to food, many families simply can’t afford it. It gets even harder during the summer, when children can’t rely on school lunches. But at FeedMore, people are working tirelessly to make sure kids are fed all year round. The organization is about to kick off its Summer Food Service Program, which provides free breakfast and lunch to anyone 1 to 18 years old.

The City of Richmond is also offering free “Summer Meals for Kids.” More than 142 locations will soon open their doors for breakfast and lunch. All kids have to do is show up.

“They are not going to go home hungry,” said LaShawn Robinson, of the Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities. “It gives them the opportunity to have a nutritious meal and make sure they’re getting something nutritious in to have in their bellies.”

Both programs will have nearly 200 food site locations from Henrico County to the City of Petersburg to Charles City County, operating from late June through August. Most will be open Monday through Friday, 9 to 10 a.m. for breakfast and noon to 1 p.m. for lunch.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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