Children across the state don't have access to food during the s - WFXG FOX 54 - News Now

Children across the state don't have access to food during the summer

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Summertime usually means no school for many kids - for organizations like the Salvation Army and the Georgia Food Bank Association, it means more than 700 thousand children in Georgia without access to food.

"Normally kids usually have breakfast and lunch at schools. Now the families who's budgets are already stretched, they don't have enough to eat," said John Sebby, director of development for the Salvation Army.

Traci OC "the Georgia Food Bank association says 63% of children here in Georgia receive free or reduced lunch during school. 48% of those kids don't have access to lunch during the summer months."

"During the summer time the school system isn't providing meals on a regular basis those children then don't have access to that," said Michele Chivore, Childhood Hunger Initiative Campaign Director for the Georgia Food Bank Association.

Jon Sebby, said this means that more people are relying on soup kitchens and free lunch programs to feed their children.

"Summer is always our roughest time of the year. We have an increase in need of people coming for groceries or coming to our soup kitchen for meals, but our donations usually fall down," Sebby said.

The no kid hungry program offers free lunch meals across the Peach state to children under the age of 18.

"There's a huge number of kids that are losing out nutritionally wise but also it impacts them long term," Chivore said.

That's why there are over 50 summer meal sites in Richmond County alone. Organizations like the Georgia Food Bank Association, the Salvation Army, and Golden Harvest want to make sure no kid, goes hungry.

Click here for a list of 2014 summer food sites, or go to the No Kid Hungry website.

Copyright 2014 WFXG. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • More LGBT issues loom as justices near wedding cake decision

    More LGBT issues loom as justices near wedding cake decision

    Saturday, May 26 2018 9:33 AM EDT2018-05-26 13:33:35 GMT
    Sunday, May 27 2018 1:13 AM EDT2018-05-27 05:13:52 GMT
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2017, file photo, the Supreme Court in Washington is seen at sunset. A flood of lawsuits over LGBT rights is making its way through the courts and will continue, no matter the outcome in the...(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2017, file photo, the Supreme Court in Washington is seen at sunset. A flood of lawsuits over LGBT rights is making its way through the courts and will continue, no matter the outcome in the...

    A flood of lawsuits over LGBT rights is making its way through courts and that'll continue, no matter what the Supreme Court decides in the case of a baker who wouldn't create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

    More >>

    A flood of lawsuits over LGBT rights is making its way through courts and that'll continue, no matter what the Supreme Court decides in the case of a baker who wouldn't create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

    More >>
  • Oklahoma restaurant shooting victims recovering

    Oklahoma restaurant shooting victims recovering

    Saturday, May 26 2018 4:03 AM EDT2018-05-26 08:03:40 GMT
    Saturday, May 26 2018 11:29 PM EDT2018-05-27 03:29:23 GMT
    (Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman via AP). Police officers stand at the scene of a shooting on the east side of Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 24, 2018. A man armed with a pistol walked into Louie’s On The Lake restaurant at the dinner hour and ...(Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman via AP). Police officers stand at the scene of a shooting on the east side of Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 24, 2018. A man armed with a pistol walked into Louie’s On The Lake restaurant at the dinner hour and ...
    Authorities say a Facebook page in which a man claims his television is possessed by the devil belongs to the man suspected of shooting three people at an Oklahoma City restaurant before being killed by two armed...More >>
    Authorities say a Facebook page in which a man claims his television is possessed by the devil belongs to the man suspected of shooting three people at an Oklahoma City restaurant before being killed by two armed bystanders.More >>
  • The Latest: Rep: "Hero teacher" released from hospital

    The Latest: Rep: "Hero teacher" released from hospital

    Saturday, May 26 2018 10:46 AM EDT2018-05-26 14:46:33 GMT
    Saturday, May 26 2018 11:28 PM EDT2018-05-27 03:28:47 GMT
    (Robert Scheer/The Indianapolis Star via AP). Empty school buses leave after a shooting at Noblesville West Middle School in Noblesville, Ind., on Friday, May 25, 2018. A male student opened fire at the suburban Indianapolis school wounding another stu...(Robert Scheer/The Indianapolis Star via AP). Empty school buses leave after a shooting at Noblesville West Middle School in Noblesville, Ind., on Friday, May 25, 2018. A male student opened fire at the suburban Indianapolis school wounding another stu...

    The family of a student wounded during a school shooting in Indiana says she is in critical but stable condition.

    More >>

    The family of a student wounded during a school shooting in Indiana says she is in critical but stable condition.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly