Battling food insecurity in the summer

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Concerns over keeping kids well-fed this summer is wide spread around the Wabash Valley.

Many groups work to make sure that no one goes hungry since one in four kids in the Wabash Valley don’t know where their next meal will come from.

“If they’re only being fed at school during the school year, what happens in the summer time when the schools aren’t open?” asked Tom Kuhl, Catholic Charities.

They’re considered food insecure.

During the school year it is less of a problem since students can get two meals a day inside the walls of the school and other programs keep them full on the weekends.

When the summer comes around, it’s a much larger issue.

“They’re not just hungry during the week in the school year – they’re hungry on the weekends and in the summer,” explained Danny Tanoos, Vigo County School Corporation.

The school corporation and other groups offer some different options to make sure kids get food. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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