VERONA, Va. (WHSV) — Now that it’s June, many kids in the Valley are on their summer breaks.
Children and teens who rely on school for breakfast and lunch can turn to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank for meals.
The BRAFB is participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program. They expect to provide food to more than 1,300 kids across the valley at 24 sites. These locations include schools, churches and community centers.
Eileen Emerson, who works with the food bank, is encouraging people in the community to spread the word about the program.
“We know that hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation. Our goal with this program is to try and fill the gap that’s left by those two meals a day that kids are used to getting at schools but they’re not getting in the summer months,” said Emerson.
Emerson added students are eating nutritious food they love —-like waffles, fruit and chicken — that they might not get without the program.
According to the BRAFB website, there are some families in the area that turn to food pantries rather than the feeding sites. While these are options for nutritious meals, there is often a decrease in donations to food pantries during the summer.
The BRAFB website says that small donations work to help keep the pantries stocked and children fed.
More information about the feeding sites in the Valley can be found here.