SPOKANE, Wash. – Children go to class to learn subjects like math and reading but some local schools are also worried about what life is like for students outside of the classroom.
Counselors at Shiloh Hill Elementary slip bags of food discreetly into 50 student's backpacks every Friday. The bags contains kid-friendly foods to eat over the weekend that do not need a can opener or stove.
A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to organize the meals at Second Harvest Food Bank for 1600 Spokane students. That is only a fraction of the 4,000 Spokane students whose parents said they cannot always afford to feed their children at home.
"About a year ago, we were supplying 600 meals to kids so the program has grown dramatically," said Melissa Cloninger of Second Harvest Food Bank.
Fundraising efforts include work by non-profits to get businesses and churches to adopt a school. Even in affluent neighborhoods of Spokane, there are still children who are not sure when they will see their next meal.
Organizers of the "A Bite 2 Go" weekend meals said it is their goal to get food into the mouths of every child who needs it, even if they are not at school.
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