Food Advocates Worry About Kids
More than 780,000 Ohio children rely on free or reduced priced meals at schools throughout the state during the academic year. ideastream's statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports advocates for low income Ohioans worry many of those children are going hungry this summer.
There are food service programs throughout the state that provide lunches and activities to children who come from low income families. But Lisa Hamler Fugitt with the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks says there are not enough of those feeding sites.
"It looks as though we are going to serve about one out of every ten children through a summer food service program this summer. So what we saw immediately, when those schools closed down, we saw more families with children coming to food pantries, soup kitchens, trying to replace those school based meals," Hamler Fugitt says.
Hamler Fugitt says it's not too late for churches or community groups to set up food service programs for low income children this summer.