Lunches for students in need

While some school distrcits are on spring break, one communitiy is still feeding

SPRINGFIELD -- While some people travel on their spring break, others are left wondering where their next meal will be. For dozens of children in Sangamon County that was one thing they didn't have to worry about this year. 

"Kids are used to getting breakfast at school they're getting used to getting lunch at school and when school is out their parents might not have the means to give them that food. It does become worrisome for not only for the parents for the children during these break times," said Krista Lisser, spokesperson for Central Illinois Foodbank.

A meal was provided every day this week with help from the Illinois National Bank and the Central Illinois Foodbank. It was held at Brandon Court in Springfield. 

Volunteers say about twenty kids show up each day, and leave with their belly's full. 

"It's heartwarming because a lot of times we take for granted that were eating, but a lot of times we look around the neighborhoods and communities sometimes one meal is the only meal," said volunteer Marcus Butler. Every year the Friday before break children in need typically get a bag full of snacks. However this year was different.

"INB said well why don't we just split the bill for it why don't we just turn A snack pack into actual lunches." Volunteers say getting a balanced meal instead of snacks makes a big difference. 

"Plus it makes them full instead of full of sugar not just full of junk so if we can do anything to balance that diet."

These lunches are for students ages 5 to 17 and during summer breaks the central Illinois Foodbank also has 8 feeding sites that serve lunch as well. 

 

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