Our Opinion: Program nourishes hungry kids during summer

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Hunger, unlike high temperatures, is not seasonal.

The end of a school year also marks suspension of regular, nutritious meals for students who participate in free and reduced-price school lunch programs.

Bridging that gap is Food 4 Kids, a partnership that includes churches, local businesses and the United Way of Central Missouri. The program is coordinated by First Presbyterian Church and supported by the Central Missouri Food Bank.

During designated weeks throughout summer, program partners either prepare or deliver meals. Meals are delivered by noon, five days each week, to four locations.

Based on available food, each meal will include a sandwich, fruit or vegetable, granola bar or crackers, and a beverage.

Delivery locations are: East Miller Park; the playground in the 1000 block of Buena Vista Street; Elston Acres Trailer Park on Route T; and Collier Court cul-de-sac in Westview Heights.

Cynthia Quetsch, a program coordinator, said food pantries are responding to increasing needs.

But, she pointed out, the program’s multiple partners share and ease the workload, which last year involved packing and delivering about 4,000 lunches.

“It’s a relatively simple program,” she said. “A big benefit without a lot of time commitment.”

Groups or individuals interested in obtaining more information or in helping may contact Quetsch at 353-5883 or by e-mail to cquetsch@aol. com.

We commend the caring partners who are helping provide nutritious meals to hungry children this summer.


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