Turnout for ‘Filling the Gap’ lunches increases, organizers say

07/29/2013 9:01 AM

07/29/2013 10:45 AM

If the first day was any indication, volunteers are going to be busy serving lunches to hungry children until school starts.

Organizers of the “Filling the Gap” lunch program reported Monday that most of the 15 sites where the meals were served in the Wichita area saw more children than last year on the initial day.

“We know there are more children in need,” said Sally Fahrenthold, who heads up the effort for Partners for Wichita, a nonprofit. “They really do need these lunches.”

Volunteers serve the lunches from noon to 1 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 9.

This is the third year of “Filling the Gap,” which provides lunches at no charge to children 18 or younger between the end of the federally funded summer lunch program and the start of school. About 8,000 lunches are expected to be served over the next two weeks.

Donations of snacks are still needed to help supplement the boxed lunches. Snack items needed include individual fruit and pudding cups, wrapped snack bars and crackers, packaged fruit treats, bananas or clementine mandarin oranges.

To donate snacks, send an e-mail to partnersforwichita@cox.net or call Partners for Wichita at 316-263-1389.

The lunches will be served at sites in Wichita, Oaklawn and Haysville. The dates for Haysville are Friday through Aug. 9 because the school district’s summer lunch program ends later than in Wichita.

Sites where lunches will be served:

North – Evergreen Neighborhood City Hall, 2700 N. Woodland; Fairview Christian Church, 1650 N. Fairview; Inter-Faith Ministries Villa Court, 930 N. Market.

Northeast – Atwater Neighborhood City Hall, 2755 E. 19th St.; Dellrose Church, 1502 N. Dellrose; True Word Full Gospel Church, 1108 N. Oliver; Urban League of Kansas, 2418 E. Ninth St.

South and southeast – Colvin Neighborhood City Hall, 2820 S. Roosevelt; Cross Point Free Will Baptist Church, 1515 E. Harry; Hilltop Community Center, 1329 S. Terrace; Victory Baptist Community of Faith Church, 812 S. Oliver; Lighthouse Community Church (Oaklawn), 3401 E. 47th St. South.

South and southwest – New Covenant United Methodist Church, 1718 W. Douglas; Aley Park shelter building, 1803 S. Seneca.

Haysville – Haysville United Methodist Church, 601 E. Grand.

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