Volunteers pack thousands of meals for low-income Louisville children to eat during the summer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Several hundred children from low-income families will not have to worry about food this summer. Volunteers packed 8,000 bags of food Wednesday filled with soup, crackers and more, that will feed kids once school is out.

It was the third annual Summer Blessings program organized and sponsored by Texas Roadhouse. Blessings in a Backpack already feeds children during the school year, but the organization is always looking for help.

"That's just making a huge difference in the lives of these kids," said Kim Holsclaw with Blessings in a Backpack.  "And with this program for the summertime, it allows us to extend what we are already doing."

And despite Wednesday's effort, Holsclaw said a lot more is needed.

"In Jefferson County, 64,000 children qualify for the Blessings in a Backpack programs," she said.

Louisville Parks and Recreation has volunteered to help pick up that slack.

"We are taking that product back to the individual centers now, and we will start handing it out once our summer program starts," said Ben Johnson, assistant director of the department. "What a lot of people don't realize in the community is for a lot of young people, programs like ours or when they are in school is when they get that consistent meal."

Summer Blessings is a nationwide program that feeds 93,000 children in 47 states. The programs sponsors include Texas Roadhouse, Louisville Parks Foundation, Sysco, The Olive Group, Louisville Metro Parks & Recreation Department, Print Tex USA and Coca-Cola.

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