Every summer, the Treasure Coast Food Bank sees a big increase in the need for help. That's because many low income families rely on schools for free meals for their kids. Now the food bank is filling that void.
Every week the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Fort Pierce hosts a dinner. Organizers say they typically see about a dozen children. The meal is free. On this night, dinner is a prepackaged meal of cheese, crackers, deli meat and carrots. The kids also had milk, apple juice and applesauce.
A recent study shows that 33,000 children on the Treasure Coast don't know where their next meal is coming from. That's one reason why the food bank created this summer feeding program.
"Being a public school teacher I understand that children when they're not in school sometimes they don't have meals to eat," says Stacy Ann Rolle who organizes the program at the church in Fort Pierce.
Rolle says one boy recently told her how important this meal is for him.
"He came over for dinner and he was like this is the only meal I had today," says Rolle.
"The kids who benefit from this program live in the neighborhood surrounding the church. Every night they walk to there for dinner.
"They enjoy it," says Matthew Victor whose two children ate dinner there this week.
The free meal means a lot to parents.
"It makes me feel great to know that they're helping others and I'm getting help as well," says Victor.
The program runs through August 8. For more information you can check out the website: www.stophunger.org.
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