One out of five children in America struggle with hunger issues.
According to the Washington-based nonprofit NoKidHungry.org, that equates to 16 million kids in the United States who are not receiving the nutrition they need every day. So many youngsters rely on school and after-school lunch programs to fulfill that need.
Children in Whitehall will have a number of locations where they could get a free lunch over summer, thanks to the cooperative efforts of a number of local organizations.
The Whitehall City School District, the city of Whitehall, the Whitehall branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Whitehall United Methodist Church will provide free lunch for students in the district beginning this month.
Whitehall City Schools will provide free lunches at Etna Road Elementary School, home to its summer school program this year. Lunch will begin June 17 and end Aug. 23.
The free meal is open to Whitehall-area children up to age 18 regardless of whether they are attending summer school. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
No lunch will be served July 4 or 5 because of the Independence Day observance.
The YMCA will help the district staff its summer lunch program this year.
The city of Whitehall, through its parks and recreation department, will provide a free lunch from July 8 to Aug. 2 at the LaCorte Amphitheater at the south end of John Bishop Park. Lunch will be served to anyone ages 1-18, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. weekdays.
The Whitehall branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library will serve lunch from June 10 through Aug. 2, from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. weekdays.
The Whitehall United Methodist Church, 525 Bernhard Road, will wrap up the summer with free lunches for youngsters from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 26-30.
Students in Whitehall will return to school Wednesday, Sept. 4.