Tri-County Christian Crisis Ministries is extending a helping hand in hopes that local children and their families will grab hold.
The Jonesville-based charity is currently promoting an initiative called “Bag Childhood Hunger” to provide kids, who receive free and reduced school lunch, with meals during their summer break.
“Bag Childhood Hunger is for families in need of additional food in the summer months while their kids are at home,” said Tri-C Executive Director Heather Macy.
“Kids who qualify for free and reduced lunch at school or whose parents meet our income qualifications are eligible for the program.”
Macy said that as a part of Bag Childhood Hunger, which is funded by a grant from Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina, children ages 2-18 can receive a total of 12 meals each week.
What Macy said what she needs, however, is more eligible participants to join the program.
“This is the third week of the program, and we have enough food to serve up to 156 kids per week,” said Macy.
“We have some signed up right now but not nearly enough.”
Witnessing hunger in the communities of the Yadkin Valley on a daily basis throughout the year, Macy is sure the need for the summer program exists.
Moreover, working closely with backpack meal programs at area elementary schools, Macy has seen first-hand just how many children receive free and reduced lunch.
“About 65 percent of Jonesville Elementary’s students are on either free or reduced-price lunch plans, and at Elkin Elementary, around 35 percent of the students receive free or reduced lunch,” said Macy.
And those examples come from only two elementary schools in the broad region of Surry, Yadkin and Wilkes counties that Tri-C serves.
“I just hope everyone who qualifies will take advantage of the program,” said Macy, estimating that Bag Childhood Hunger will continue at Tri-C for at least two more weeks.
For more information on Bag Childhood Hunger, call Tri-C at 526-1089.