Feeding children during the summer months in Greensboro

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Many groups are offering meals to children over the summer after school lets out.

Councilman Jamal Fox is part of a task force to address food disparities in Greensboro. They noticed several groups operating Monday through Friday, but felt there was a gap in options for hungry children over summer weekends.

“We said we need to fill that gap as we move forward. We want to put together a 10-year plan to end hunger in Greensboro,” he said.

Dr. Irish Spencer with the Welfare Reform Liaison Project, Inc. said they had an idea to make brown bag lunches on Friday nights during the summer to be distributed from city recreation centers on Saturdays.

“We want this to ultimately be every Saturday of the year… and we’re feeding children. Because it doesn’t stop. Hunger does not stop. We have to make a dent in it.”

She said Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity stepped up to make 100 brown bag lunches every week for 10 weeks to provide at Windsor Rec Center. Pastor Jeff Smith and his Covering Church congregation are making meals to distribute at Peeler Rec Center.

At minimum, the meals must consist of one meat and cheese sandwich, one piece of fruit, and one bottle of water. They’d love to offer even more meals in other city rec centers this summer starting June 20. Anyone interested in helping can contact Donna Gray at (336) 373-CITY.

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