Holliday, TX. - There are only a few more weeks of summer left and kids are gearing up to start the new year.And that also means kids summer programs are wrapping up and one program that provides meals to kids while school is out is finishing a successful first summer. Harvest Food Ministry has been providing food to families in need for many years but after expanding to a larger building this year the organization decided to start a new summer program for kids who depend on free or reduced lunch during the school year. Eighty sack lunches are packed a week, providing two meals to forty kids.But organizers say the meals mean much more to kids in need."The goal is that each one of these kids knows that there's people here in our community that care for them and that's why the churches in the community have gotten behind it," says Harvest Kids Chairmen Carrie Matthews.They pack meals with food they get by monetary and direct donations... Trying to stretch each dollar by buying in bulk.Each sack is decorated with a happy drawing by local Sunday school classes, meals get delivered door to door to families in need, and to kids like Zander Whaley who lives in a home with 6 other young kids.He says he looks forward to the meals for a few reasons."Cookies, the chips and the crackers meat and cheese, We are always hungry," says Whaley.And it's that reaction that after a successful first summer, can hopefully propel the program to continue next year."add either preparing some hot meals here and putting them in individual containers and also maybe even instead of doing two lunches a week, we'd love to do five if we could," says Matthews.If you want to help you can visit their website.
/ Source: KFDX