Help a local lunch program this summer | News
ATLANTA -- Many children who rely on free and reduced-price lunches during the school year don't get the nutritious meals they need when summer comes.
However, several metro Atlanta charities are working to make sure that no local children go hungry during their summer break.
MUST Ministries began its 17th annual Summer Lunch program this week. The program serves children in six counties: Cherokee, Cobb, Douglas, Gwinnett, North Fulton and Paulding.
Hundreds of volunteers work with MUST Ministries every summer to made, pack and deliver the daily meals. "No one in our area has more experience feeding children in need," Summer Lunch program manager Paula Rigsby said in a statement.
Atlanta-based Action Ministries has a summer lunch program as well. The Smart Lunch, Smart Kid initiative delivers nutritious meals to children in need. 11Alive teamed up with Action Ministries to pack 400 lunches earlier this week.
The Arby's Foundation is also helping hungry children this summer. Through a partnership with Share Our Strength, the foundation's Hungry for Happiness program will feed children at southeast Atlanta's Thomasville Recreation Center.
Participating children are treated to Arby's Kids Meals and get to try out Hoopnotica, a new exercise craze that involves some serious hula-hooping.