IN THE BAG: Healthy options like carrots, potatoes, bananas and apples will be among the many edibles provided to students through local programs this summer. Photo courtesy of Feeding America

Summertime relief: Free meal programs feed hungry WNC children even when school’s out

Hunger is an issue facing a large number of children throughout Western North Carolina. “In general it’s one in four, which is much higher than the national average,” says Kara Irani, director of marketing and communications at MANNA FoodBank. Throughout the school year, free and reduced-price food programs provide children with breakfast and lunch options. […]