TRIAD, N.C. -- Many kids in the Triad rely on school to eat every day.

Many students around the country are part of the National School Lunch Program. The federal program provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to kids who might not be able to afford lunch at school each day.

President Harry Truman signed the National School Lunch Act in 1946.

2 Wants to Know reached out to Triad school districts to see how many students are on free and reduced lunches.

During the 2016- 2017 school year, Alamance Burlington Schools said 60 percent of its students were on free and reduced lunches.

Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools said 59 percent of its students were part of the program.
Guilford County Schools told 2 Wants to Know in August, 65 percent of its students were eligible for the program.

You have a chance to help kids all over the Triad.

WFMY News 2’s fall ‘Food 2 Families’ drive is Friday, Oct. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 21. The food donated will help restock the shelves at Greensboro Urban Ministry.

We are teaming up with Well Spring, and Greensboro grocery stores to help those in our community who struggle with food hardship.

The GUM food pantry is the largest resource in Greensboro for men, women and families who do not have adequate access to food during the month.

Last year, GUM’s food pantry distributed over 1,153,610 pounds of food to households in the greater Greensboro area.

Throughout the weekend volunteers representing local organizations and congregations will be accepting food donations at area grocery stores:

Participating Greensboro grocery stores include:

  • Food Lion – Saturday only
  • Harris Teeter – Friday and Saturday
  • Lowe’s Foods – Friday and Saturday
  • Whole Foods – Friday and Saturday
  • Walmart Neighborhood Market Stores – Friday and Saturday (Greensboro locations)

When you are buying groceries you can do a lot of good by purchasing something to donate. Please select one or more canned or non-perishable food item to drop off with volunteers outside your participating grocery store.

Here are four ways you can help:

1. Protein sources: tuna, salmon, beef stew, spam, corned beef, peanut butter (18 oz.)
2. Vegetables: greens, mixed vegetables, peas, tomatoes, corn, green beans
3. Fruits: peaches, pears, fruit cocktail, applesauce
4. Other items: soups, sugar (2 lbs), dry milk, oatmeal, macaroni & cheese, bags of dry beans, Rice