No child goes hungry in Vinton this summer

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Herman L. Horn Elementary School will be offering free lunches this summer through the No Kid Hungry program. The program begins on June 12 and ends on July 13. Meals will be served Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until noon, except on July 4.

Information from No Kid Hungry states, “For many kids, summer vacation is a much- deserved reward for a year of hard work in the classroom. For some who rely on free and reduced-price school meals, however, the summer months can be difficult. When school is out, these kids no longer have access to school meals and their families’ budgets are often stretched to the breaking point. In fact, studies show that kids are at a higher risk for both obesity and hunger during the summer months.”

Roanoke County Public Schools is offering two summer feeding sites– Burlington Elementary and Herman L. Horn.

Meals are free to children and teens ages 18 and under. No application or proof of income is needed. The healthy meals are based on USDA nutrition guidelines. The lunch program will also provide a safe place for children and teens to be active and visit with friends.

Summer lunches are also available in the picnic shelter at Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 until 12:30.

The Vinton Public Library will once again be hosting the “Lunch and Learn” program this summer, sponsored by the YMCA. The event furnishes not only lunch but a fun program afterward. This year the lunches are served from 12:30 to 1:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays for children and teens up to age 18.