Caldwell County schools providing kids with lunch through the summer

CALDWELL COUNTY, N.C. — A school district in the foothills is trying to make sure children don’t go hungry this summer.

The Caldwell County School System says it is feeding more than 800 students every day. Some of the workers arrive at 6 a.m. to start making the food that is then packed in coolers and sent out across the district to children in need.

“I just love it, making sure the kids get fed and took care of,” said cafeteria manager Melanie Annas. “Very important for Caldwell County because there are lots of needs out there.”

Parents are not required to fill out paperwork to meet qualifications regarding household income.

The free meals are provided all summer through funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

>> In the video at the top of the page, Channel 9′s Dave Faherty travels to Hudson to find out more about the efforts to get lunches out to communities across the county.

Channel 9 is teaming up with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina in the fight against hunger. From now until June 30, we’re collecting non-perishable food donations at select Arby’s and Ashley locations. Click here to find a drop-off site near you.

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