Summer food bank needs

According to No Kid Hungry, five out of six kids who rely on free or reduced price school meals aren't getting those free meals over the summer.

Posted: May 9, 2018 7:39 AM
Updated: May 9, 2018 8:40 AM

In just two weeks, the school breakfast and lunch many students depend on during the school year will stop for summer break.

"For some families who rely on free and reduced lunches during the school year, that could be the only food they eat all day," Laurel Moffat, child hunger fellow at the Food Bank of North Alabama, said.

Moffat told WAAY 31 it's not unusual for families to struggle when the summer season rolls around.

"Mothers come to her and say 'wow you have this great scholarship for the summer camp program, but now all of a sudden I have to pack a brown bag lunch every morning,'" Moffat said.

Moffat said that story is one of many she has heard on a visit to one of the organizations who pick up food from the Food Bank of North Alabama.

Jonathan Chappelle picks up food from the food bank a few times every month.

"Can goods are kind of like gold," Chappelle said.

Chappelle told WAAY 31 he tries to keep kids in mind when he knows they'll be out of school.

"We try to put stuff in there that's going to appeal to kids, like snack foods and stuff like that," Chappelle said.

However, he also knows when school is out the pressure is on for his church to feed those in need.

Chappelle said his church was feeding 40 families in January, and he estimates they'll feed 75 this summer.

The food bank will start its summer feeding program within the next couple of weeks, and they still need food donations to help support the program. Canned goods are at the top of the list.

Donations can be dropped off at The Food Bank at North Alabama located at 2000 Vernon Ave SW in Huntsville.

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