Feeding Kids in Need This Summer

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

HARRISONBURG -- With school out, kids are looking forward to having fun and snacking away.

"Most of the time if you get to the bottom, it's always really hot, so you have to mix it all up and then it tastes really good," said Haile Madden, a 9-year old who participates in the Boys and Girls Club.

She looks forward to having a tasty meal during lunch.

"Cause I'm always hungry in the morning," said Madden.

That's where the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank's summer food service comes in to satisfy cravings.

"It's an USDA Program and that's the great thing about it. We have partners like the Boys and Girls club here," said Ruth E. Jones, Director of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

Jones says there are more that 10,000 children in the Shenandoah Valley region who the food bank considers "food insecure".

"That means they don't know where their next meal will come from," said Jones.

"It's good that there is a place that provides you with food and a place that takes care of you when your parents are at work in the summer time," said Madden.

The summer food service program runs from now through August.

The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank partners with more than 25 feeding sites in our area.

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