food assistance

Courtesy Partners for Wichita

Some of Wichita's most vulnerable children are at the risk of going hungry when school is not in session. With that mind, Partners for Wichita and the Kansas Food Bank will once again be serving free lunches for children during spring break at various locations around town.

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The end of October brings an end to a boost in the amount of federal food assistance that's been helping to feed 316,000 Kansans for the past four years. The extra benefits were part of the stimulus bill Congress passed in 2009 to help people recover from the recession.

Barb LaClair, who studies hunger issues at the non-profit Kansas Health Institute, says caseloads suggest low-income Kansans still aren’t seeing a recovery. She says they’re going to have no choice but to rely even more on food banks and food pantries, which are already overextended.