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The Community Rises Up to Ensure Kids Don't Go Hungry this Summer

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Eleven year old Shemar comes to First English Lutheran Church in Great Falls everyday for a free meal now that's schools out.  He recalls, "they serve hot dogs, cheeseburgers, spaghetti".  He adds with a smile, "the food is delicious here".

It's all part of the summer feeding program to make sure no child goes hungry, even without a school lunch or pantry program.  A service like this is needed in our area because Denice Burgess, Resource Development Coordinator with Great Falls Community Food Bank, explains, "because of school district cut backs they only do theirs through the month of June".

First English Lutheran Church is just one site in Great Falls.  It's sponsored by Headstart who cooks the food and the Great Falls Community Food Bank, who provides the food.  Burgess says, "there's a gap here and we need people to step up and do this".

The food bank hopes to expand the program next year to other areas like south of 10th Avenue because across the whole country, kids are still going hungry.  Burgess says nationally "we're only reaching 10% of children that could use a meal".

Breakfast is served Monday through Friday morning at 10:30.  Lunch is served right after that.  All kids eat for free no questions asked.  Burgess says, "it's a basic need and until that is fulfilled kids cant have fun!"

Parents or guardians are welcome to join the community atmosphere and are simply asked to provide a good will donation while the kids eat free.  It's all about building community and neighbors helping neighbors.  Shemar says coming here helps save his mom money.

To find out about summer feeding program sites in your area, simply use your cell phone to text the word "lunch" to 877-877.

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