Food for the Summer is gearing up to provide local kids with free lunches until school starts again at the end of August.
More than 3,500 children in the Chapel Hill – Carrboro City School District qualify for free-and-reduced lunch. That’s almost 30 percent of the school system. It’s also the percentage of the school system’s kids who are often left without food when school lets out for the summer.
That’s where Food for the Summer steps in. It’s a nonprofit collaborative that provides kids up to age 18 with lunch during the summer months. Money for the program comes from the United States Department of Agriculture. The food is prepared by CHCCS food workers and is delivered by volunteers at the different food stations in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.