Nearly 27 percent of children in Chattanooga are considered 'food insecure'.
And that's a problem during the summer months, when kids don't get free lunches because school is out. A program called Feeding Our Future is underway this summer that can help.
Connie Dallas, Hope for the Inner City Camp Director said, "They come in. We have lunch. We feed about 100 kids a day. We make sure everyone eats." Various businesses and non-profit organizations joined the effort to keep children fed throughout the summer months. Eastlake and Highland Boys and Girls Club, Sodexo and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee are among the businesses and organizations. Dallas said, "If a kid comes in that is not necessarily part of our program we still make sure that everyone eats." Mother of three, Tonya Armor is put at ease when she hears this. Armor said, " I think its a good thing because a lot of times with the economy and food with prices so high this might be the only meal the kids have, so its a good thing to be able to feed them breakfast, lunch and a snack."
The program ensures that every child under 18 years old who walks through the door receives a healthy meal. Representatives are overwhelmed with joy when they watch the children wait in anticipation for their lunches. Armor said, "I see how it helps the kids. They are more active when they are eating and they are always saying, 'Where is lunch? Where is snack?' And I say, 'Just hold on for a minute.'" Dallas said that she is very excited about this program and hopes it continues for a long time. Dallas said, "I want to make sure that no kid goes hungry and we know everyday at the same time that everybody is going to eat and that's a good feeling because I know I am going to eat, but its not a guarantee that all of our kids will eat."