Summer Lunch Program

by Erika Brooks on January 30, 2013 at 6:49 am

A recently signed order by Governor John Kasich will help feed needy children during the summer and soup kitchens around Zanesville are pleased to hear it.

Governor Kasich has authorized spending up to $1.5 million dollars more to continue last summer’s weekend meals backpack program for children in need. Soup kitchens, like Christ’s Table are unsure about how the new order will help them but Executive Director Keely Warden is glad to see the Governor raising awareness for children in need.

"It’s proven that children that don’t eat well don’t perform well in school, they’re more apt to be sick, they’re more apt to not graduate high school and then in 20 years from them they’re more apt to not be able to take care of their children," said Warden.

Christ’s Table works in partnership with Zanesville City Schools, Salvation Army and Fellowship of Christ making sure that children are fed when they’re in school and when they’re not.

"Our numbers go up 50 percent with the children that we feed in June, July and August and even when we see a Spring Break and a Christmas Break we see our numbers go up," said Warden.

Zanesville City Schools will continue their summer feeding program at the end of the school year. There will be 19 sites where students can go to get lunch. Christ’s Table is open Monday through Saturday all summer.