LOGAN — When school is out of session and families are struggling to make ends meet, it’s hard to scrounge up enough to feed your children who no longer have free lunch and breakfast from school.
In Ohio, 1,691,910 people are struggling with hunger and 510,030 of them are children, according to Feeding America. This means one in five children struggle with hunger.
Because of this, charitable programs are unable to fully support those struggling with hunger and therefore government assistance programs like SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) are necessary to help bridge the gap. In Ohio, 39.4 percent of households receiving SNAP benefits have children.
According to Jacqueline Stobbs, South Central Ohio Jobs and Family Services public assistance administrator for Hocking County, for the month of May Hocking County had about 6,242 recipients and paid out $766,917 in SNAP benefits.
This is where the Southeast Ohio Foodbank and Regional Kitchen comes in and helps reach as many people as they can with what they’ve been given.
“When it comes to events, we have a lot going on right now. All they need to do is show up at mealtime,” shared David Keller, development coordinator for Southeast Ohio Foodbank and Regional Kitchen.
The Foodbank even offers opportunities for people to get involved and help pack boxes for families.
“When it comes to getting involved, we’re really trying to get more people signed up for our Saturday packing events. We can even schedule private events for groups of 25 people or more. Right now, we also have a big need for a few dedicated people interested in helping us make the meals that are going out to children this summer,” expressed Keller.
Keller further explained that the summer months of June, July and August are when they need volunteers the most. Every other Saturday the Foodbank hosts packing events from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 1005 CIC Drive in Logan.
Another opportunity is through the Logan-Hocking School District, who has partnered with Aramark and the Ohio Summer Food Service to provide free lunches from Monday, June 3, through Tuesday, June 25, and will resume for the week of July 8 to July 11.
Lunches will be served Monday through Thursday, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Central Elementary, located at 445 N. Market St. All children up to 18 years of age, or 19-21 with disabilities, are welcome to the free lunches. However, there is a $2 fee for adult meals.
Summer feeding sites in Hocking County:
• Antioch Alliance Church, 11947 Antioch Road, June 10 – June 14, Monday through Friday from 7 – 8 p.m.
• Shepherd of the Valley, 297 Riff Avenue, July 29 – August 2, Monday through Friday from 5:30 – 6 p.m.
• Logan-Hocking County District Library, 230 East Main Street, June 3 — Aug. 9, Monday and Tuesday snacks from 12 – 2 p.m.; Fridays lunch only from 12 – 1 p.m.; June 3 – Aug. 9, at Kachelmacher Park on Wednesday and Thursday only from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
• Logan Village Apartments, 1880 Linton Road, June 3 – Aug. 9, Monday through Friday from 12 – 1 p.m.
• Logan Vineyard Church, 1597 East Front Street, June 3 — Aug. 9, Wednesday dinner from 6:40 – 7:30 p.m.
• Logan City Pool, 10 South Mulberry Street, June 3 — Aug. 7, Monday through Friday dinners from 3:45 – 4:45 p.m.
• Logan Manor — Norwood Apartments, 200 Norwood Avenue, June 4 — Aug. 9, Tuesdays and Fridays from 12 – 1 p.m.
• Laurelville Library, 16240 Maple Street, Laurelville, June 5 — Aug. 8, Wednesdays from 12 – 1 p.m.
• Laurelville Library at the Laurelville Park, state Route 180, Laurelville, June 7 – Aug. 9, Fridays from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
• First Church of Christ, 935 East Main Street, June 3 — July 26, Mondays through Fridays from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
• First Presbyterian Church, 2 West Hunter Street, June 10 – Aug. 9, Mondays through Fridays from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
• St. John Catholic Church, 351 North Market Street, June 3 – Aug. 12, Mondays from 6 – 7 p.m.