Second Harvest Community Food Bank kicked off its third-annual No Hunger Summer program Monday. The goal of the campaign is to keep children eating regularly throughout the summer.
“We have about 17,000 kids in our service area that are food insecure,” said Christine Feuerbacher, director of programs at Second Harvest Community Food Bank.
Food insecurity is not a term used every day, but for children, it makes a lot of sense.
“Food insecure means they don’t know where their next meal is going to come from. (Kids) don’t know how they’re going to eat one meal a day, let alone three,” she said.
During the school year, children have a more structured meal routine. Breakfast and lunch are provided at school, but when the final bell hits, many kids don’t have planned meals and could end up skipping eating altogether.
Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m to 1 p.m., volunteers from Second Harvest hand out full lunches for kids ages 1 to 18 at various locations around St. Joseph, as well as sites in Kansas.
“All families need a little help,” Ms. Feuerbacher said. “We felt like it was really important for us to reach out and help families and the kids of our community.”
Second Harvest also has mobile stations and a total of 15 lunch sites.
“All of those kids need to eat in the summertime and we want to help provide that meal for them,” Ms. Feuerbacher said. “At least one meal a day.”
Second Harvest plans on serving more than 35,000 children over the next eight weeks. The St. Joseph Mustangs and athletes from Missouri Western State University have been known to stop by sites and eat lunch with the kids.
Parents also can have lunch with Second Harvest for $2 a meal.