Feeding America, and local churches working to help relieve child hunger in our hometowns
One in five children in Southwest Virginia is food insecure.
That means they don't have access to enough affordable, nutritious food, which can impact every aspect of a child's life.
"Children who don't have adequate food, adequate nutrition are sick more often. They suffer from more chronic conditions like asthma, anemia. They struggle in school. It is difficult for them to learn as well as their peers. They also have social, emotional and behavioral issues, as well," says Amanda Allen from Feeding America Southwest Virginia.
Allen says among the items the food bank needs most for kids are peanut butter, pop top fruits, pop top vegetables and chewy granola bars.
Feeding America is working to fill the summer food gap for kids, once they're out of school for the year. Its summer food service program will soon pick up, with 33 sites across the region.
To find out those locations, you can use the No Kid Hungry texting service. Text the word, "Food" to the number 877- 877 for the site closest to you.
Churches in our area are also helping feed kids over summer..
Greene Memorial United Methodist Church has a "pack a snack" program, in conjunction with Roanoke City Schools. It's to keep children enrolled in summer school from going hungry.
Henry County Public Schools also offers a summer feeding program.
It's providing free summer meals to local kids and will be expanding the program to include delivery to local neighborhoods.
That program begins June 1. We have a link with more information.