(WBIR, Maryville) - Second Harvest Food Bank is holding a matching campaign called "May Day" to help fund the Food for Kids program this summer. From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, all donations will be matched up to $50. That money will help kids living in East Tennessee keep food on the table during the summer months.
From August to May, children have free and reduced lunch and breakfast programs to help if food isn't readily available at their home.
The Food for Kids program is year round. During the school year, Second Harvest works in 246 schools serving more than 10,000 children, but in the summer it's not that easy.
"We know that the problem of childhood hunger does not go away in the summer, yet our ability to meet that need is severely diminished," said Youth Programs Manager Sam Compton.
Places like Carpenter's Campground United Methodist Church in Blount County help out by bagging up the food and delivering it to the kids in the summer. There are only 41 sites in the summer, and each one works a little differently. Second Harvest wants to increase that number and serve more children in a time when there may not be other options.
"There are families in our community that are struggling to make ends meet," said Stan DeLozier, Missions Coordinator at Carpenter's Campground UMC.
His church may not be big, but they're hoping to help more than 50 kids this summer.
If you would like to help out the Food for Kids program, there are three ways to donate.
- You can call 865-243-8227
- Visit www.secondharvestetn.org
- Text Hunger to 501501 to donate $10