Through Aug. 8, local children have been given the opportunity to receive a free lunch, no strings attached.
According to statistics from No Kid Hungry, an organization which helps bring additional meals to children in need, nearly one-fourth of Missouri children struggle with hunger.
Through Operation FoodSearch, a branch of No Kid Hungry, and in cooperation with Every Child Every Day, free lunches are provided for children ages two through 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every weekday until Aug. 8. in the Bowling Green City Park.
Gary Wells, the program’s area supervisor, contacted Every Child Every Day about the program earlier this year, explaining the program which had previously focused strictly on inner-city areas was hoping to expand its borders to rural communities.
Since its kick off on July 1, the program has averaged about 35 children per day, said local site supervisor Connie Carson.
Lunches are being provided by Crossroads and ensure appeal to even the strictest and pickiest eaters.
“Shelley [Wiler] has been a tremendous help to me,” Carson explained.
In addition, Bowling Green’s Dairy Queen has provided game prizes. Area churches have also been helping. Carson explained, however, that none of it would be possible without her excellent volunteers.
Louisiana is also participating in the program.
For additional information, contact Connie Carson at (636) 462-0479 or visit the FoodSearch website at www.operationfoodsearch.org.