Moms and dads in Northeast Kansas worried 13,633 less times about whether or not their children would eat lunch this past summer. That’s the number of times this year that Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas’ Summer Food Program provided meals to hungry kids.

A lot has changed since the program started three years ago. The number of sites has increased from 11 to 32, including 13 libraries. All are located where 50% or more of the children that live in the area receive free or reduced lunch during the school year.

“Our aim is to have the program in sites like libraries, parks and community pools where kids are already gathering. There’s no social stigma attached. All kids are welcome to come in and have lunch,” says Emily Wildhaber, Summer Food Program.

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