Filling the school lunch gap over spring break

Published On: Mar 12 2014 05:39:32 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 12 2014 05:45:29 PM CDT
Filling The Gap

For children spring break means vacation, but some may be in danger of going hungry, missing out on lunches they count on at school.

The Kansas Department of Education says 77% of students in the Wichita School District qualify for free or reduced price lunches. That is why Partners for Wichita and the Kansas Food Bank are partnering with local churches and community organizations to fill the gap.

Volunteers will serve more than 5,000 meals in five days March 17 through March 21. Organizers expect the need to be great this year.

"Food Stamps were cut this year, so that's impacted our families and then, when our kids are out of school for an extended period of time, that puts stress on our families' budgets," said Laveta Noble with the Kansas Food Bank.

The free lunches are for children 18 and younger. They will be served next week from noon to 1:00 p.m. at 16 locations around Wichita. You can click here for a map of those locations. Donations of healthy snack items will also be taken at those sites during serving times.