LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—Kids facing food insecurity in Tippecanoe County will have one less summer lunch program to rely on this year. Food Finders is ending its lunch program after eight years.
"It's not enough to cover the cost of the program, what it really cost to run,” said Chief Philanthropy Officer Kier Crites.
That's what Chief Philanthropy Officer Kier Crites said in regards to the Summer Lunch Program that after eight years will now come to a close.
"Our executive team sat down late last winter and had to make the really difficult decision to cut this program,” said Crites
The program served 14,000 meals in seven counties last summer. However, Crites said the program has been a drain on the food banks resources.
"Some years we would receive grants and that would help make up the difference,” said Crites. “But when we didn't food finders had to make up the cost."
The lunch program began experiencing low attendance. This means there wasn't enough children to cover the cost required to run the program.
"We lost 20,000 dollars from this program alone,” said Crites. “And that was after the reimbursements that we were receiving. Even with the Grant that we had."
According to Crites the Lafayette School Corporation has been the vendor for Food Finders' Summer Lunch Program. Providing their packed lunches.
"Our community has so much to offer and a lot of times people just don't know where to start,” said Crites. “So that's what we are really good at doing and making sure that they are connecting to resources out there."
We will reach out to Lafayette School Corporation for their response to the closing of Food Finders’ Summer Lunch Program.
To learn more about Food Finders Food Bank click here.