Wichita groups feed kids who have little over spring break

Most students think of spring break as a welcome interlude from homework and classes.

But for some, spring break means going hungry.

"It's more than we realize, I'm sure," said Suzanne Graham, president and CEO of Communities in Schools of Wichita/Sedgwick County, which is working with the Kansas Food Bank to launch the Break 4 Kids Food Drive.

The organizations plan to provide 100 families with a week of food.

Volunteers are packing the food in boxes at the food bank's warehouse on East Douglas early this week, and it will be distributed to students in 19 schools in four school districts around the metropolitan area: Wichita, Haysville, Derby and Valley Center. All four are on spring break next week.

Without the food, Graham said, students would not have breakfast or lunch during spring break.

The number of families needing the food is certainly higher than 100, she said, but, "It's a start."

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