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July 22, 2014

Filling the Gap lunch program to begin July 28

Partners for Wichita will join the Kansas Food Bank for the Filling the Gap Lunches for Kids program, according to a news release.

Partners for Wichita will join the Kansas Food Bank for the Filling the Gap Lunches for Kids program, according to a news release.

The program spans the last two weeks of summer break, when more young people in the community are at risk of going hungry. From July 28 through Aug. 8, more than 9,000 meals will be distributed to children under 18. Lunches will be served from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at 15 locations.

The project is designed to help bridge the gap between the end of summer lunch programs and the start of school. According to the Kansas Department of Education, 24 percent of children in the Wichita area are “food insecure,” and 77 percent of Wichita public school students are on free or reduced lunches.

As a new addition to the program, the Wichita West Lions Club will provide free medical screenings to people of all ages. Screenings for vision and hearing, along with blood sugar and blood pressure checks, will be provided from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 29-Aug. 7 at eight Filling the Gap locations.

Wichita State University athletes will join 300 volunteers on July 30 to greet kids, serve meals and help with medical screenings at Cross Point Church, 1515 E. Harry.

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