RENO, NV - The start of Spring Break doesn't have to mean the end of meals for local kids.
"When they come back after break, we want them to be ready to learn and really have the nutrition they need during the off period," said Jocelyn Lantrip from the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.
It's part of the Food Bank of Northern Nevada Kids Cafe, a free meal program for students ages one to 18. This year, two nutritious meals, that are completely paid for, will be offered to students in Washoe County, helping parents bridge the gap in their budget during spring break.
"They're out of school but they may be used to getting a free meal at lunch. this is a good way to get a free breakfast or lunch during that break and it's so important that kids eat every day," said Lantrip.
More than 47% of students in WCSD qualify for free meals, but only a few parents know about this program that has spanned for more than a decade.
"We have a little bit of a higher rate of child hunger here in Nevada than other states just because we were hit so hard with the recession," she said.
It's also easy to get involved. There's no paperwork or registration required; all students have to do is show up and sign in.
"The kids love it. They can get together and see their friends and have something to eat."
There are three locations: The Neil Road Recreational Center, the Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center and the Lemmon Valley Boys & Girls Club at Joe Mitchell Center.
Breakfast will be served from 8:30 - 9 a.m. and lunch will be served from 12 - 12:30 p.m. Monday - Friday, March 31-April 11, 2014.
All meals are free to children and youth and meals must be eaten on site.
One in four children in our area is at risk of hunger. Kids Cafe offers free, nutritious meals when school is out. For questions about Kids Cafe, please call 775-331-3663.
The Salvation Army is also looking for food donations to deliver to students over spring break for the "Feed Our Children" program. You can donate non-perishables at:
Wonder Bar, 1195 South Wells Avenue, Reno.
Bar USA, 902 South Virginia Street, Reno.
Salvation Army, 1350 Sutro Drive, Reno (9-11AM and 1-3:330PM).
Phone numbers to call for information about the "Feed Our Children" program are 324-5433 and 842-7372.