Making sure children are fed during the summer

An average of 57 children a day in Macon benefit from the Food 4 Kids program. During the summer many students go without lunch and the Macon Food 4 Kids program makes sure these children get a good meal to eat during the summer.

This summer, three parks will be filled with students receiving free lunch made available to them through the program provided by the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. Volunteer Becky Belt said the idea to help feed children during the summer came when she had a student who had nothing to eat.

â??I was watching it on TV one night and actually saw that Kirksville was having this program,â?? Belt said. â??So then, I investigated and found out how Macon could have this. I was a school teacher and had a hungry preschooler and it really touched my heart and I wanted to get it started.â??

The program runs through August 16. The three locations are Rubey Street Park, Jackson Street Park and Macon Housing Authority. Children up to the age of 18 are welcome to attend. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.

Belt said ConAgra is serving hot meals on Friday. She said they have had help from Subway, Pizza Hut, Casey and the Rotary Club. New this year is the "Buddy Box" program where they give people a box meal to eat for the weekend.

Belt said anyone older than 18 can eat once all the children have been served. If you would like to help here is a schedule of each church that is volunteering every week.

July 8-12: Crossroads Christian Church

July 15-20 United Methodist Church

July 22-26: Immaculate Conception

July 29- Aug. 2: First Baptist Church

Aug. 5-9 Bethel AME; Holy Trinity Baptist; First Christian Church

Aug. 12-16: Zion Lutheran Church