Schools throughout Wichita are on spring break, and local organizations are working hard to make sure kids in the area have food to eat.
Local groups are serving free lunches all week for kids 18 and under.
Partners for Wichita and the Kansas Food Bank started the community-wide initiative called “Filling the Gap” in 2011.
“Most of the kids in the Wichita school district are on free and reduced lunches, and that’s often the only source of food they have for the day,” said Sheila Cairns, Partners for Wichita.
According to USD 259 officials, 75 percent of its students receive free or reduced lunches — putting that at risk of going hungry during vacations.
The free meals include a shelf-stable lunch, fresh fruit, a snack and milk.
Cairns said they usually serve around 800 kids every day. Last spring break, almost 5,000 meals were served.
She added that it’s not unusual for parents to thank the organizations for the free lunch program.
“The ones that we hear from are very appreciative of the fact that we do this,” Cairns said. “It helps them out. It gives them options for the money that they have to be able to spend it on something else that they need.”
There are 16 lunch locations throughout the city.
- New Covenant UM Church (1710 W. Douglas)
- Evergreen Neighborhood Resource Ctr. (2700 N. Woodland)
- Inter-Faith Ministries Villa Court (930 N. Market)
- St. Paul’s UMC (1356 N. Broadway)
- Atwater Neighborhood Resource Center (2755 E. 19th St. N.)
- Iasis Christian Center (1914 E. 11th St. N.)
- Tabernacle COGIC (1502 E. 17th St. N.)
- True Word Church (1108 N. Oliver)
- Colvin Neighborhood Resource Center (2820 S. Roosevelt)
- Hilltop Urban Church (910 S. Bluffview Dr.)
- Salvation Army Citadel Corps (1739 S. Elpyco St.)
- Cross Point Church (1515 E. Harry)
- Salvation Army Orchard Corps (1910 S. Everett)
- West Heights UM Church (745 N. Westlink Ave.)
- Oaklawn Activity Center Cafeteria (4904 S Clifton)
- Haysville United Methodist Church (601 E. Grand)
For more information, visit partnersforwichita.org.