FORT SMITH (KFSM) — It’s Spring Break and the River Valley Food Bank is assuring that out of school children will have lunch.
The meals will be served all week at the Windsor Branch Library starting at 11:30 a.m.
This year, Spring Break is falling just before Easter. The libraries will be closed on Thursday (March 24). Consequently, Antioch for Youth and Family is stepping up by providing bags of food for children to take home with them on Thursday in order to see them through the weekend.
“Almost 8 our of 10 kids in the Fort Smith School District alone rely on the meals they get while in school,” said Ken Kupchick, Director of Marketing at The River Valley Regional Food Bank. “This week is a hard week on many of those families. Especially the kids,” Kupchick said.
Helping the food bank this year is Davis Iron and Metal, Burger King, Joe’s Grill and Cantina and Panera Bread.
“Spring Break is a lot of fun for a lot of people. But for others, it’s an extra burden,” said the Director of Marketing for Panera Bread, Claudine Stark. “We want to alleviate that burden in our own way by providing a good nutritional lunch for some kids that might not have it,” Stark said.
The River Valley Food Bank organizes these lunches every year, working very closely with the library.