Free meals for Washoe County kids through Food Bank program

Reported by: Jaime Hayden
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Updated: 8/12/2014 5:26 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- The Food Bank of Northern Nevada said children struggle with hunger every day in our community. So with school back in session, the organization is reminding parents of their free Kids Cafe Program.

Kids Cafe is a free meal program for children ages 1 to 18 years old. There are no qualifications. It's just a free dinner during the school year for kids. The only rule is meals must be eaten on site. "Schools back, so we're working on our Kids Cafe schedule and that's a program that feeds children free meals after school,” said Jocelyn Lantrip of the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.

Lantrip said child hunger is a serious issue in our region. She said 1 in 4 children don't have the food they need. "And that’s an education issue and a health issue if you think about it, children who don’t get the nutrition they need are sick more often and it’s hard for them to settle down and be able to learn in school.”

That’s why Lantrip is encouraging parents to take advantage of their free Kids Cafe Program. During the school year, a free dinner is available at 25 locations throughout Washoe County. "It’s a great way to get an extra meal that’s nutritious for your child and help with that food budget."

And Lantrip said there is no enrollment involved. "People may think they have to do paperwork or qualify in some way and they really don’t, they just have to be a child who would like a meal."

And if you're looking to help families in need, Lantrip said the Food Bank needs more volunteers. "So we could really use some extra hands, especially in the afternoon and evening sessions out at the Food Bank to help us sort food and get it out to families."

The Food Bank of Northern Nevada is also part of Hunger Action Month in September. It’s a national hunger awareness campaign. For more information on the campaign or the Kids Cafe Program, go here:
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