The Wichita community is joining together to help fill a nutrition gap while school is out.

Partners for Wichita will be joining the Kansas Food Bank and local churches for the lunches for kids program. The community-wide project aims to distribute 9,000 meals at 15 different locations in 10 days.

The lunches will be served from noon until 1 p.m. weekdays, starting July 28 through August 8. Free lunches will be available to youth and children under the age of 18.

Organizers said the program helps hungry youth by offering a nutritious meal. Twenty-four percent of children in Wichita are food insecure, according to the Kansas Department of Education. Seventy-seven percent of students in the Wichita school district are on free or reduced lunches.

"This speaks to the need in our community and why people are coming together for filling the gap," program specialist Danielle Ramirez said in a press release.

The program has partnered with the west Wichita Lion's Club medical screening unit to provide services at filling the gap locations. Screenings will be available to people of all ages from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

On Wednesday, July 30, a special program will be held at Cross Point Church, 1515 E. Harry. Shocker athletes will join volunteers to greet children and help serve lunches. 

More than 300 volunteers are helping with the two-week event. But Ramirez said more volunteers are needed. Contact danielle@partnersforwichita.org for more information.

"Filling the Gap" Locations
Oaklawn Location
Lighthouse Church (3401 E. 47th St. S)

Haysville Location
Haysville United Methodist Church (601 E. Grand, Haysville)

South/Southwest Locations
Cross Point Church (1515 E. Harry)
Salvation Army Orchard Corps (1910 S. Everett)

Delano Location
New Covenant Church (1718 W. Douglas)

North Locations
Evergreen Neighborhood Resource Center
Inter-Faith Ministries Villa Court (930 N. Market)
(2700 N. Woodland)

Northeast Locations
Atwater Neighborhood Resource Center (2755 E. 19th St.)
Dellrose UMC (1502 N. Dellrose)
True Word Church (1108 N. Oliver)
Urban League of KS (2418 E. 9th St. N.)
Tabernacle COGIC (1502 E. 17th St. N.)

South/Southeast Locations
Colvin Neighborhood Resource Center (2820 S. Roosevelt)
Victory Community of Faith Church (812 S. Oliver)
Hilltop Community Center (1329 S. Terrace)

Mobile Screening Unit

Tuesday, July 29th, Hilltop Community Center (1329 S. Terrace)
Wednesday, July 30th, Cross Point Church (1515 E. Harry)
Thursday, July 31st, Evergreen N.R.C. (2700 N. Woodland)
Friday, August 1st, Colvin N.R.C. (2820 S. Roosevelt)
Monday, August 4th, Urban League of Kansas (2418 E. 9 St. N.)
Tuesday, August 5th, Victory Church (812 S. Oliver)
Wednesday, August 6th, Atwater N.R.C.(2755 E. 19 St. N.)