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Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Lunches for kids

  • During the summer months many children who are used to eating breakfast and lunch at school every day do not get enough to eat. Find out how the Food-4-Kids Program is helping these kids.
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  • During the summer months many children who are used to eating breakfast and lunch at school every day do not get enough to eat.
    The Food-4-Kids Program has provided lunches for many of these children for past seven years.
    Becky Belt has served as coordinator of the program for all seven years.
    "I do the organizing, but the program couldn't run without the help from volunteers from local churches," she said.
    Churches that are helping with Food-4-Kids include: Crossroads Christian, United Methodist, Immaculate Conception, Zion Lutheran, First Baptist, First Christian, Bethel AME and United Trinity.
    Lunch is served weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to noon at Jackson Street Park, Rubey Street Park and the Hudson Heights Housing Area. The final day for serving will be Friday, August 16.
    "It varies from day to day, but we usually serve a total of around 50 lunches Monday through Thursday, with a few more on Fridays," said Belt.
    Each Friday ConAgra is providing a hot lunch at each of the three locations.
    "We are always here to support our community in any way we can," said ConAgra Human Resources Director Donna Thomas. "ConAgra provides the food and our employees donate their time to help with the serving."
    Working with Food-4-Kids is part of the ConAgra initiative, "Child Hunger Ends Here".
    Monday through Thursday the meals are sack lunches that come frozen from the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. C & R Market donates freezer space to store the lunches, which are picked up and thawed each day by volunteers.
    Each Friday the children also receive a small box that contains 3 days worth of non-perishable food to take home for the weekend from the food bank.
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