Saturday, February 20, 2010

Church looking to give more to feed kids

From Kansas-

Volunteers and USD-379 officials want to include more kids in the Back Snacks program and the Episcopal Church wants to feed more kids over the summer in the Kids Cafe, Episcopal Church volunteer Donna Long said. Both programs are supported by Episcopal Church volunteers and Harvesters Food Bank of Kansas City.

"There has been a lot of interest in it, (Back Snacks) has been very well received, and that's great," Long said.

Back Snacks provides individual servings of shelf-safe food for kids to take home to eat over the weekend.

The church is hoping next year to increase the allocation of kid-friendly food to give to kids to take home. This year they've received as much as last year, but see a great need there, Long said.

More than 50 percent of kids at Lincoln Elementary are on free or reduced lunches, according to school district, and Garfield Elementary also has a significant number of kids eligible for free and reduced lunches.

While being on free or reduced lunches is not the sole criteria for receiving Back Snacks - teachers can give them to kids who aren't on free or reduced lunches if they see a need - the large number of kids on free or reduced lunches illustrates a large need there.

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