Rooting for summer meal programs

Published 7:04 pm Wednesday, July 12, 2017

So many children go hungry each day, and that hunger worsens when school is not in session and two of their guaranteed meals are gone for more than two months.

It breaks my heart to know that somewhere, not far away, there is a child who truly knows what hunger pains feel like, especially in the world we live in today where so much food is thrown out simply because of an expiration date.

I am so glad to see that there are people in the community who are making sure that these children are fed.

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With the help of a federal grant and a lot of volunteer work, Jessamine County Schools hosts a summer meal program to feed children 18 and younger. This summer alone they have already fed over 10,000 children.

I believe it’s important that even kids who don’t need the meals go and have a bite to eat every know and then because this will ensure the program continues and those who actually do need the meal don’t feel so alone.

Thanks to programs like these, for some children summer doesn’t have to mean scavenging for a meal.