Charities serve free lunches until school starts

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WICHITA, Kan. - The new school year in Wichita is two weeks away. Yet a summer nutrition program ended last Friday. So non-profit groups plan to fill the gap, with lunches for low-income children.

Beginning Monday, 15 locations across the city will turn into lunchrooms. They'll provide free midday meals to youth, ages 18 and under. It's projected about 900 children a day will be fed.

"Filling the Gap Lunches" are conducted by the non-profit group Partners for Wichita, working with the Kansas Food Bank. They note during the school year, 77 percent of Wichita public school children eat free or reduced-price lunches.

This year, several lunch sites also will have free health screenings through the West Wichita Lions Club. They will include vision, visual acuity, hearing, blood pressure and blood sugar tests. Anyone 6 months or older can participate in the health screenings.

Here are the locations for free youth lunches:

Atwater Neighborhood Resource Center, 2755 E. 19th St.
Colvin Neighborhood Resource Center, 2820 S. Roosevelt
Cross Point Church, 1515 E. Harry
Dellrose UMC, 1502 N. Dellrose
Evergreen Neighborhood Resource Center, 2700 N. Woodland
Hilltop Community Center, 1329 S. Terrace
Inter-Faith Ministries Villa Court, 930 N. Market
New Covenant Church, 1718 W. Douglas
Salvation Army Orchard Corps, 1910 S. Everett
Tabernacle Church of God in Christ, 1502 E. 17th St. N.
True Word Church, 1108 N. Oliver
Urban League of Kansas, 2418 E. 9th St. N.
Victory Community of Faith Church, 812 S. Oliver

Haysville United Methodist Church, 601 E. Grand

Lighthouse Church, 3401 E. 47th St. S

Here are the locations for free health screenings:
July 29: Hilltop Community Center, 1329 S. Terrance
July 30: Cross Point Church, 1515 E. Harry
July 31: Evergreen center, 2700 N. Woodlawn
Aug. 1: Colvin center, 2820 S. Roosevelt
Aug. 4: Urban League of Kansas, 2418 E. Ninth St. North
Aug. 5: Victory Church, 812 S. Oliver
Aug. 6: Atwater center, 2755 E. 19th St. North
Aug. 7: Salvation Army Orchard Corps, 1910 S. Everett

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