For several families across the nation, meals eaten at school are the only ones that some children get throughout the day.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 13 million children in the country live in food insecure homes, which means family members don’t regularly have enough food to eat.
“[Five] out of [six] kids who rely on free or reduced-price school meals aren’t getting free meals in the summer,” the No Kid Hungry website states.
But, for Faulkner County residents, and others across the state, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service has made it possible for children and teens 18 and younger to have nutritious, free meals during certain time frames this summer and have authorized multiple summer meal sites.
For families interested in the free arrangement, go to www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks.
Once there, participants can type in their address, city, state and zip code and find food sites close to them.
If a resident in Faulkner County typed in their zip code, two sites pull up including one at the Kid S World Outreach in Conway and Mayflower Elementary in Mayflower.
If someone doesn’t have access to a computer, they can also text FOOD to 877 877 or call 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE where a live operator will ask for address and give a list of sites.
For those choosing the Conway location, Kid S World Outreach, located at 1040 Holiday Dr., will be open from 8 a.m.-9 a.m. for breakfast and 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for lunch, Monday through Friday, May 25-August 10.
The Mayflower location, located at 4 Grove Dr., will be open from 7:30-8:15 a.m for breakfast and 11-11:45 a.m. for lunch Monday through Friday July 23-25.