LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Kids facing food insecurity in Tippecanoe County have a new program to rely on this summer.
Lafayette School Corporation is providing a free summer lunch program, which is taking over the Food Finders summer lunch program. As we've reported, Food Finders program closed because of high cost and low turn out.
LSC's summer lunch program serves youth ages two to 18. Mealtime is from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday at Tecumseh Junior High school. Chartwells Food Service is providing the meals.
LSC leaders say they're happy to be a source for food insecure students this summer.
“If we're able to open this up to the public and be able to feed students and children in general then that's just a really positive thing for the community.”
One parent whose family used the Food Finder program is finding LSC's program beneficial.
“I think a lot of kids might not get that lunch meal at home,” said parent Amanda Poore. “Some are busy and running around, you know, it's summer and some just can't afford to do it either. We're used to eating at school twice a day.”
The LSC lunch program is providing hot meals, which is something Food Finders wasn't able to do.
The summer program will end in late June.