CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- Some kids rely on lunch provided by the schools, but during the summer, those meals aren't available.
Virginia is taking the initiative to reduce childhood hunger by providing meals for kids during the summer months.
Latisha Garrant is balancing the demands of a new environment, work and motherhood. Challenges faced by many, the summer meals program helps ease some of the stress.
"As a parent, sometimes it's like as long as my kid eats, I'm happy. I don't have to eat, but make sure they eat," says Garrant.
The program is a way to provide meals to children who may be at high risk of going hungry when school isn't in session.
Childhood hunger is looming in the community and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank is one organization getting involved.
"A lot of kids in the community rely of free or reduced lunch programs in school," said Michael McKee, CEO of Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. "In fact, over half of the children in school in the city of Charlottesville are eligible for free/reduced lunch but when school is out, those meals aren't available"
Summer meals is run by the government. The food and nutritional guidelines are provided by the USDA.
The food bank has its own role at sites throughout the community, most located in low income neighborhoods are open to children 18 and younger for free meals.