Area kids don't have to go hungry when school lets out for summer. They're getting help from area organizations and the Ozark Food Harvest Summer Sacks program.
One of the three organizations being helped in our area is the Boys and Girls Club in Joplin. Around 300 kids are enrolled in the programs there.
Of those, at least 200 take part in the free and reduced lunch program at school. In fact, 63% of students at the Joplin Schools take part in the free and reduced lunch program.
The Boys & Girls Club program is similar to the Snack Pack program in the schools now. Summer Sacks will offer a variety of healthy foods for kids to take home for the weekend.
"This is going to be a huge help because the kids who may not have enough food on the weekend or who don't get the kind of snacks kids would enjoy, they're going to have that now, every single Friday they're going to get to take home the things," says Sarah Mallos of the Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri.
Families wishing to sign their children up for Summer Sacks should contact distributors:
Joplin Schools summer food locations: