IPS students head home with extra food for break

IPS students in need were sent home with boxes of food to last two weeks.
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Thousands of Indiana school children are starting a two-week leave and are looking at being hungry for the holidays.

To help with the problem, every child leaving Thomas Gregg Elementary Thursday had their hands full with a box of food. Not candy or holiday treats - real meals kids might otherwise go without over the Christmas break.

"It's a blessing. It is going to come in handy," said parent Tamika Gilmore.

Except for school lunches and breakfasts, hunger advocates say one in four children aren't sure where their next meal is coming from.

Every Friday, Gleaners Food Bank sends 10,000 children home with food for two days. But winter break is two weeks long.

The need for free food when schools are closed is so acute, some food pantries receive twice as much food from the Gleaners Food Bank.

In the long lines at the St Vincent DePaul pantry, there are parents wondering and worrying how they will find enough extra food.

Trisha Sosve parent "You stretch every dollar. Everything you can stretch, you stretch it as far as you can make it stretch," said Trisha Sosve, a mother of three.

She says her children go through 2-3 times as much food when they're home for break.

Generous volunteers are providing money and muscle. City Mosaic is a fairly new group of 40 Indianapolis-area churches that are taking on the increasing problem of poverty .

"We are seeing churches come together and say 'We care about these kids, we care about this community and say we want to make a difference'," said Rev. Greg Strand, City Mosaic.

Sending 1,500 children home with armloads of food won't solve the problem of hunger, but it's a start so smile about.