The end of the school year means the start of summer, free time, swimming and more.
But for some parents, the end of school can bring stress and worry.
Food insecurity is a problem that many families face, especially during the summer months.
Schools provide students two free or low-cost meals a day, which is sometimes the only food these children have access to.
Across Southwest Virginia, schools are starting up their annual summer meal programs in order to combat child hunger.
“It is very crucial to families and to those children who rely on school meals during that 180-day academic year,” said Beth Morris, nutrition director for Lynchburg City Schools.
With inflation causing prices to rise across the country, food insecurity is a bigger problem than ever. That means that these free programs are more needed than ever.
“It’s been truly embraced by the community,” Morris said.
Randolph Park Summer Camp makes full use of the summer meal program.
“After we eat lunch a lot of kids are more energized and I feel like they want to do more things after they have a full stomach,” said Blaine Reedy, Randolph Park summer camp counselor.