Programs begins Monday to feed hungry children this summer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - This summer, Harvesters will be at 62 locations around the Kansas City area, serving lunch to children who would otherwise be hungry.

It’s part of the Kids Café program that begins Monday.

“Regrettably, one in five children in our Harvesters service area is food insecure and about 100,000 of those children, during the school year, receive free or reduced price breakfast or lunch,” said Valerie Nicholson-Watson, President of Harvesters. “In the summer, those meals are not available so we actually see quite the increase in need for the summer months.”

From schools and community centers to libraries and pools, Harvesters volunteers visit places where children spend their time in the summer to ensure they get a healthy and nutritious meal.

“Tor these children and particularly for their families, their parents or adults who provide for the children, they are really scrambling now to find out how they can replace the meals that these children would normally get at school,” Nicholson-Watson said.

However, summer is also a time where donations to Harvesters decreases because schools are out so there are fewer food drives.

“This is a time when we really need the community to come through for our children,” said Nicholson-Watson. “The one thing we know is we have hungry children and they come to our sites prepared to get a meal.”

There are numerous programs happening around the metro this summer to help Harvesters. Price Choppers are hosting a program called No School Equals No Lunch. Sun Fresh Markets are hosting Operation Bread Basket.

To find out more information and a full list of the Kids Café locations, visit Harvesters.org .

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