The folks over at Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado are always trying to get people to donate during the summer months. All that Christmas generosity is much appreciated, they'll tell you, but summer is often the leanest season for families — the time when they need the most help. And you can blame that on summer vacation.
Yep, the three-month break from school that most of us remember fondly is a time of hunger for many kids whose families can't afford to provide three meals a day. These families tend to rely on the federal government's free and reduced breakfast and lunch programs, which function through the public school system. During the school year, more than 18 million school kids get free and reduced meals because their families live in poverty.
Here's some good news: Colorado Springs District 11 doesn't want those kids to go hungry. So they're offering the same meals throughout the summer months to needy kids. Here are the dates and locations: