An all-volunteer effort will be serving lunches to Wichita children at seven sites on weekdays during spring break, starting Thursday.
Wichita schools’ spring break starts next Monday, March 19, but students aren’t in school this Thursday and Friday because those are in-service days for teachers.
Partners for Wichita expects to serve about 3,500 children during its “Filling the Gap – Lunches for Kids” program, said Sally Fahrenthold, coordinator of the nondenominational effort.
Kid-friendly meals will be purchased from the Kansas Food Bank and served from noon to 1 p.m. The group will pay the Food Bank for the meals, but the lunches are free to youths 18 and younger. No registration is needed.
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The group is hoping to enhance the lunches with additional food treats and school supplies, Fahrenthold said. All food items must be sealed — such as snack bars, pudding cups and fruit roll-ups — and must not need washing, cutting or refrigeration, she said. Fresh fruits with peels, such as bananas and oranges, also will be accepted.
Food or school items should be taken to one of the seven sites offering the lunches, but individuals should call ahead to set up a time.
Sites where lunches will be served are: Dellrose United Methodist Church, 1502 N. Oliver, 316-684-5182; Fairview Christian Church, 1650 N. Fairview, 316-262-0540; Linwood Ministry Center of Asbury Church, 1248 S. Lulu, 316-263-6700; and four neighborhood city halls – Atwater, 2755 E. 19th St., 316-303-8017; Colvin, 2820 S. Roosevelt, 316-303-8029; Evergreen, 2700 N. Woodland, 316-303-8042; and Stanley, 1749 S. Martinson, 316-303-8008.
Contributions to help purchase the lunches should be sent to Kansas Food Bank, 1919 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67211, with “Filling the Gap” designated on the check’s memo line.