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Food Shuttle aims to fill summer gap of free, reduced-price lunches

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An Inter-Faith Food Shuttle volunteer chops vegetables to provide healthy meals for those in need. An Inter-Faith Food Shuttle volunteer chops vegetables to provide healthy meals for those in need.

School's out for thousands of kids in the Triangle.

But for many who rely on free or reduced-price lunches, being out of school also means one less square meal a day. The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, however, said it isn't about to let that happen.

The Food Shuttle said more than 116,000 children are on free and reduced-price lunch at schools. When summer comes, the Food Shuttle said many of those students go without lunch or their families have to stretch their food budget.

"Inter-Faith Food Shuttle tries to come up with multiple strategies to meet this increased need in summer," said Child Hunger Programs Manager Kyle Abrams.

The Food Shuttle plans to deliver healthy, fresh meals throughout the summer 5 days a week at four Raleigh housing communities, and meals for 40 children at Full Circles Foundation in Raleigh. It will also deliver 100 meals 5 days per week to East Durham Children's Initiative.

Once a week, the Food Shuttle will provide meals for 25 children at two Read and Feed of Wake County sites, and host a Dancing in the Park event to provide free meals Monday nights in Chavis Park.

"All told, by summer's end, we expect to deliver over 11,500 meals to several hundred kids, but that's just a drop in the bucket of need," Abrams said.

The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle said food donations tend to go down during the summer, so it hopes to supplement the high demand for food with monetary donations for proteins.

"We can also use kid-friendly, healthy meal and snack options that can go in snack bags, such as granola bars, fruit cups, juices, shelf-stable milk, and canned veggies," the Food Shuttle said.

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Eileen Park

Eileen joined WNCN after years of working as a foreign correspondent. During her time off, she enjoys relaxing with her dogs, reading, and exploring the Triangle. More>>

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