Giles County kicks-off annual summer food program

GILES COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) Today was the start of Giles County's annual summer food program. For the past 6 years, kids up to the age of 19 have been offered hot lunches for free. Their parents can eat too, for a couple of bucks.

They serve about 250 kids a day at both of the programs locations, Narrows High School and Macy McClaugherty Schools.

The program director says this fills a big need in the County.

"We saw a big need about 6 years ago that children lost weight during the summer months, Christy Lawson explained. "And because we've implemented the food service program, we've seen an increase in their weight, or no drop in their weight, when they return."

Part of the summer program includes arts and crafts. Kids can make necklaces, draw, and paint.

Last year the program served 95-hundred kids.

Click here for more information on the Free Summer Food Program.