Nonprofit organization hoping to prevent childhood hunger this summer

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — This summer a local charity is hoping to fill the void left by school meal programs.

For many students, the meals provided free at school are the only source of food that they have.

The Way opened in Sandston after its founders found out that many of the places providing summer meals for students are outside of that area. They decided it was their time to step up.

Starting Monday, they will be providing free breakfast and lunch to any kid who is in need.

“It just breaks my heart to think that a kid is not getting enough food,” Lynn Sauders, who works with The Way said.

Summer break can be a hard time for families living in poverty. Without the free meals provided by schools, access to food can be difficult.

“We’ve got to do something to make sure we can take care of the food scarcity and take care of our children,” Saunders said.

 

For the first time this summer, The Way is trying out a new meal program for kids in Sandston.

All food is donated from local businesses like Kroger, Wawa and Starbucks.

“We’d love to have a breakfast program where kids come over here and sit with us and eat, but we know that’s probably not going to happen with most of them,” Sauders said.

In addition to serving meals at their East Williamsburg Road location, the group will also be delivering meals. They just need parents to call and register ahead of time – their number is 804-737-3300.

“We need to find these kids, what their addresses are so we can deliver to them,” she said.

Sauders said they are also always looking for volunteers to pack the food bags and help deliver. And since this is their first year, they’re not sure what to expect come Monday.

“We really don’t know how many kids are in this situation and so … we’ll just have to give it a try,” she said.

Feedmore provides a summer meal program for kids across central Virginia.

Check here for a location near you.

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