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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Hundreds of low income families are getting free daily lunches. It's part of the Lord's Kitchen Summer feeding program. It sends a mobile kitchen to neighborhoods in need.
Every day and every location start the same, with a prayer circle and then lunch is served.
"Let's thank the Lord for another beautiful day and the sun that shines on us," said Matthew Baird, with The Lord's Kitchen.
"We feed somewhere in the number of 800 everyday," said Baird.
The apartment complex near Newburg is just one of dozens of daily stops for the Lord's Kitchen mobile unit, and volunteers often find children who are by themselves and hungry.
"The parents will be gone, maybe off to work or wherever and I guess 'latchkey kid' would be the term, you know? And the kids are just outside all day until the parents get home from work," Baird said.
It's apparent that the kids are happy to see the volunteers, and vice versa.
Maritza Soto is one of the children and says she likes the problem 'cause sometimes we are low on food, and like this program helps."
"I don't know who gets more joy -- if we get more joy from being around them or they get more joy from being around us," Baird said.
Baird says the bag lunches are one of the only meals some of the children will eat all day.
"We can feed them a lunch and keep them occupied for a little while," Baird said, but added it's about more than just food.
"All the time it's not about the food, it's about, you know, just fellowship," Baird said.
And after an hour or so of food and fellowship, it's off to the next stop, and the next group of children.
"This is really cool," Soto said. "I'm glad they came to this place," Soto said.
The program is part of Evangel World Prayer Center and funded by the church. It continues until the children go back to school.