Summer programs help feed hungry kids

Anne Brock # State

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Second Harvest Food Bank is open to connecting with more East Tennessee groups that can help it reach hungry kids during the summer months.

Sam Compton runs the youth programs there, while the food bank helps send home extra food with 12,000 children during the school year, it reaches less than half that many when school is out for the summer.

"If you are part of a church or other program serving kid during the summer, and some of those kids may be going hungry on a regular basis, we'd love to hear from you and potentially get a program started. We're looking for any way we possibly can to feed hungry kids this summer,"
said Compton.

Volunteers help stock bags full of food for children, including items from every food group. Second Harvest is able to provide extra food in the summer for one child for approximately $25. Volunteers can meet at the Food Bank headquarters in Maryville or organize at churches, schools or other community sites.

You can learn more here about hunger programs through Second Harvest or how to donate.

Second Harvest receives support at times from different partners, including the No Kid Hungry program. No Kid Hungry helps share information about which public school sites offer free meals in the summer. You can text the word "food" to 877-877 to get that information for your area.