5:29 PM EDT, September 20, 2012
SOUTH BEND — There's a problem in our country and right here in Michiana.
But we can do our part to help feed hungry children.
Nationally, one in four children live in what's called a hunger insecure household.
The Food Bank of Northern Indiana is teaming with Jordan Ford in announcing the Food 4 Kids Fun Packs Program.
Here's how it works:
Eligible student participants receive food for the weekend and during holiday breaks when they don't have access to the free and reduced lunch programs.
The food is delivered to area schools on Thursday and distributed on Friday.
The kids receive them in non-descript bags, shielding them from any stigma that may be associated with receiving food assistance..
“The implication is kids in our community don't know where their next meal is going to come from,” said Food Bank CEO Milt Lee. “So, if you can imagine a young kid in school trying to function on an empty stomach or wondering where exactly the next meal is going to come from, it's very difficult for them to focus.”
This school year, close to 1,500 students from the Food Bank’s six-county service area will receive the Food 4 Kids Fun Packs, which are funded with donations.
For more information, go to www.feedindiana.org.
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