School may be out for the summer and for some students that means going hungry, but a local food bank is working to help feed kids.
"Hunger does not take the summer off and we need to make sure that the children are eating," Three Square marketing communications specialist Alexis Merz says.
Not being able to afford food is a reality for so many people, right here in Las Vegas. 62 percent of the students in the Clark County School District rely on free or reduced-price meals during the school year. To help those families, Three Square started Meet Up and Eat Up.
No registration or sign up is required for the program. Anyone 18 years of age and under can show up at any of the more than 90 meal sites to pick up food, no questions asked. Some of those locations will be offering half-day programming. Not only do they have free food for children, but also activities.
Three Square also has a mobile route that's part of this program. Food is delivered to 18 apartment complexes to reach more than 400 kids per day.
"Last summer a little girl was celebrating her birthday and she said that her Three Square meal was her birthday gift and it's heartbreaking but at the same time you're like thank goodness she had something to eat today and of all days, her birthday," Merz told 13 Action News.