MISSOULA – Many kids in the Missoula area are left without in-school food programs every year when classes get out and may need some extra help.
The Missoula Food Bank and its partners are once again stepping in with area summer programs to provide meals for those kids. Various sites will be set up around Missoula County where kids in need can get healthy and nutritious meals for free as part of the Kid’s Table program.
Some sites serve breakfast and lunch while others serve dinner. The goal of the program is to feed kids who may not have access to enough nutrition in hopes of keeping them on a healthy track.
When the summer is said and done the program expects to dish out more than 30,000 and meals.
“I mean it’s the difference of kids eating and not,” said Jessica Allred with the Missoula Food Bank.
“We definitely have so many families in our community who are struggling and summer is so hard because when you are having a couple of meals a day covered at the school and then all of a sudden that resource goes away there’s just this huge gap in budgets so we’re really lucky to be able to do what we do,” she added.
Leaders involved with the program say children who participate behave better, focus easier, and have higher attendance.
Click here for more information about the dates, sites and hours for the Kid’s Table summer program.
-Jack Ginsburg reporting for MTN News