Pickerington area children will get to enjoy a hearty "Breakfast with the Bunny" and support families in need at the same time.

Pickerington area children will get to enjoy a hearty "Breakfast with the Bunny" and support families in need at the same time.

The city's Breakfast with the Bunny event is set from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at Pickerington High School Central, 300 Opportunity Way.

Tickets are $6 and children 2 years old and younger will be admitted free. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit the PCMA Food Pantry in Pickerington.

This is the second year the food pantry has teamed with the Pickerington Parks and Recreation Department to put on what has proven to be a very popular event.

"Families like to come together to celebrate the holiday and this is just another fun way of celebrating with friends and family," said Rebecca Medinger, Pickerington's director of parks and recreation.

There will be games and crafts for children and plenty of photograph opportunities with the bunny.

Just as important, buying a ticket to the event is a very tangible way in which to assist a local family in need.

"We calculated our per household visits, and each time a family visits, it costs is $5.70 for eight days," said Conor Neville, director of development for the PCMA Food Pantry.

"So, with each $6 ticket sold to Breakfast with the Bunny, you're feeding an entire household for 8 days," Neville said.

Neville said the pantry is in the process of purchasing a new freezer in which to store meat and fresh produce and to replace another refrigerator that stopped operating.

He said as summer approaches, families with children don't get the benefit of free or reduced-price lunches. In fact, he said about 25 percent of Pickerington Local School District children "get free or reduced lunches."

The pantry will be trying to "bridge that need gap" by setting up a summer distribution program. Tickets to Breakfast with the Bunny will help go towards establishing that program as well, Neville said.

"It will be a supplemental bag with lunch items, a week of lunches for each kid," Neville said.

"It will be something to reduce the stress of finding extra money for meals during summer," he said.

Medinger said "plenty" of tickets are still available for Breakfast with the Bunny. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Tickets can be purchased from the Pickerington Parks and Recreation Department,100 Lockville Road, or by downloading an on-line order form via the city's website at pickerington.net.

For more information, call the Pickerington Parks and Recreation Department at 614-833-2211.