Letter: Many children helped

Aug. 16, 2014 @ 11:19 PM

To the editor:

Summer is almost over and children will be returning to school to learn. Research has proved that children learn better when they are not hungry. Thank goodness that they will receive good nutrients through school lunch. Vance County hungry children are fortunate that they were able to receive meals during the summer because community organizations and cooperating churches stepped in to make a difference.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has expressed concern that for many thousands of children, the joy of summer vacation may be overshadowed by the pangs of hunger. According to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, Vance County served 99 children representing 1.45 percent of children receiving school lunches. Thankfully, this year the county will increase the number of children served.

This summer St. James Baptist Church and several other cooperating churches are using their church vans to deliver meals to various feeding sites, including housing projects and additional locations, where they will serve more than 5,000 meals to more than 300 children. Hopefully, next summer many more children will have nutritious meals.

Why should children go hungry in Henderson, North Carolina, or any place in our nation when there is food available?

Eva Clayton