For the last 15 years, Lincoln County Schools has been hosting a summer food service program, when meals are provided to all children, 18 years and younger, at several sites. This summer, Lincoln County Child Nutrition will be providing breakfasts and lunches throughout the county, from June 12 to July 26.
“The purpose of this program is to provide meals when school is out,” said Amanda Davis, business manager of Lincoln County Child Nutrition.
According to No Kid Hungry, a national campaign striving to end child hunger, over 12 million children in the United States live in homes that are “food insecure,” meaning they don’t have a reliable source of food, where these children may not be getting a large enough portion size or nutrition from the food they do get.
When school is not in session, these children may struggle getting enough to eat during the summer months.
“Our purpose is to make sure children are fed. Around 50 percent of children in the Lincoln County Schools system qualify for free and reduced lunches,” Davis said.
No Kid Hungry found that, in the United States, 22 million children qualify for free or reduced-price meals at school. In the summer, of these 22 million children, six out of seven don’t get the meals they need.
Lincoln County Child Nutrition strives to lower these numbers for children in the area by providing these vital summer meals. According to the Lincoln County Child Nutrition office, around 700 children per day come to the sites.
The obstacle for Lincoln County Child Nutrition is trying to get out to different neighborhoods. With a grant received, Lincoln County Child Nutrition will hopefully be renovating an old school bus in the future in order to make program more accessible to children.
“Groups that are interested in being feeding sites, please contact us to see if you qualify,” said Shelly Rhyne, the Child Nutrition director.
You can get more information on the Lincoln County Schools’ website under child nutrition.
If you or your family needs these services text FoodNC to 877-877 to find a site near you or call the toll-free number 1.866.348.6479 anywhere in the US.