The City of Wichita Housing and Community Services is combating child hunger by offering free meals for kids at four locations in the city of Wichita this summer.
The CHAMPS (Cities Combating Child Hunger through After-School and Summer Meal Programs) initiative is in its second year and seeks to help those who are considered “food insecure,” which means they don’t have access to nutritious meals.
In Wichita, the meals are offered through the free SayYES! program, which also provides free, positive activities and free bus transportation for kids throughout the summer.
The Housing and Community Services Department began serving summer lunches at four different locations on June 4. They include:
- Grace Revolution (812 S. Oliver) serves meals from 11:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m., Monday through Friday
- Restored Community Church (255 S. Estelle) serves meals from 11 a.m. until noon, Monday through Friday
- Mending Place (1513 E. Galena) serves meals from noon until 1 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
- Windridge apartments (2502 W. Wildwood) serves meals from 11 a.m. until noon, Monday through Friday
“With child hunger being such a concern in the Wichita area, the department is pleased to help increase the number of meals served to the youth in our community.” said Ryan Tyree, a Family Development Specialist. “We have served 741 children so far this summer but we would like to increase that number.”
Children, ages 18 and under, can visit the meal sites through the end of July. No questions asked.
The state of Kansas presently ranks 40th in meeting child hunger needs during the summer months.
For more information on the CHAMPS initiative, please visit www.wichita.gov/sayyes
There is a similar program in Wichita which also provides free meals for kids from the Kansas State Department of Education and the United States Department of Agriculture.
Or, if you’re looking for kids’ meal deals, see Kids Eat Free and Cheap Deals at Wichita Restaurants