A nonprofit group served more than 4,600 lunches to Wichita school children over spring break. That’s about 1,100 more than the group had expected.
“We’re seeing more need,” said Sally Fahrenthold, coordinator of the “Filling the Gap – Lunches for Kids” effort for Partners for Wichita.
Donations provided the funds for purchasing the boxed lunches and snacks from the Kansas Food Bank. Fruit and wrapped snacks also were donated.
About 270 volunteers served the lunches at 14 sites around the city during weekdays from March 14-22. One site served 661 lunches on one day.
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“The spirit of the kids and the volunteers was wonderful,” Fahrenthold said.
Children were required to sign in only using their first name. Fahrenthold said volunteers told her about a 5-year-old boy who was determined to print his name.
“He didn’t want to take time to sign his name because he said, `I’m hungry, I need food,’ ” Fahrenthold said. “But he also wanted to show he could print his name. That really warmed the hearts of the volunteers.”