Summer Free/Reduced Lunch Programs Underused

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Greensboro, N.C. - 800,000 children in our state are eligible for free and reduced lunch programs.   But, last year, only 67,000 children used those programs during the summer.

Donna Williams is a full-time mom. Unfortunately, that job doesn't come with a salary.

"When they're home, they require more eating a lot times. I don't know what it is. It's like they've got to have something in their mouth," Williams said.

She saves money and some of her sanity by bringing her children to Rankin Elementary School for lunch.

"It gives both of us a break. At least an hour away from each other," Williams said.

Other families rely on food pantries like the "The Servant Center."

"In the summer, we're very conscious of the number of children that are home, so we throw in a lot of extra stuff...peanut butter, more bread, cereal," Katherine Shelton, Servant Center Food Pantry Director, said.

Donations drop during the summer. Vacations tend to make people forget about filling the shelves. Workers recently decided to stay open two hours later to feed more families.

"A lot of times our children are suffering because sometimes we can't humble ourselves to say, 'We need help,'" Shelton said.

Shonticia Loftin just discovered the free lunch program.

"We're not spending any money and we're getting a very, very good lunch," she said.

She plans to bring her son back at least twice a week.

"The food is actually really good," she said.
Guilford County Schools does not offer a way for students to get to school for the free lunch program.

Free/Reduced Lunch Locations/Schedule

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - Friday, July 29, 2011
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Bluford STEM Academy
Oak Hill Elementary
Montlieu Academy of Technology
Jackson Middle
Jones Elementary
Rankin Elementary
Peck Elementary
Oak View Elementary
Hunter Elementary
Fairview Elementary
High Point Central High Dudley High

 

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