Weekend meal program begins for local students

Food banks across the nation are taking part Hunger Action Month... Including 2nd Harvest here in Spokane. It's a campaign to bring awareness against hunger.

SPOKANE, Wash. – The “Bite 2 Go” program kicks off on Friday as part of a campaign to bring awareness against hunger. It is all part of “Hunger Action Month.”

It consists of multiple programs and is sponsored by Second Harvest. It sends kids home from school on Friday with full and non-perishable meals.

“Many of them are going home to either a family where parents are working full time, two jobs. They are working on the weekend. Maybe they are addicted, they are incarcerated,” Second Harvest’s Julie Humphreys said.  

The only time some students get to eat is at school. Around half of the students in Spokane County qualify for free or reduced school meals, according to Second Harvest. One in six people are not properly fed in Eastern Washington and one in four kids also face the same issues.

Second Harvest plans on giving out 1,000 lunches per week. 

If you want to help out for Hunger Action Month check here. 

(© 2016 KREM)


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