LANCASTER TWP — While the summer months might mean a break from classes for students, it can also mean a lack of guaranteed meals for children and teenagers.
Across the country, one in five children will go hungry at some point in the year, a number that increases when school is out of session and they can no longer rely on lunches and backpack programs.
Sharon Klaiber sees those results each month. As director of the Southwest Butler Food Cupboard, she knows the challenges many families face when school lets out for the summer.
In an effort to curb hunger, the organization offers the Kits4Kids Program. In its fourth year, it provides children with meals and snacks to help make their summer breaks a little more enjoyable without the burden of worrying about their next meal.
According to Klaiber, any household with a school-aged child gets one box, although households with several children get two. The boxes are filled with single-serve meals, grab-and-go items and snacks, such as granola bars and baked goods.
The boxes are distributed on the third Tuesday of each month at the organization's space inside Zion Lutheran Church.
This is an excerpt from a story in Thursday's Butler Eagle.