Lunch Break

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DES MOINES, Iowa — School starts Wednesday thousands of students in Des Moines, but some students and families need a little extra help before that happens. The non-profit Lunch Break started helping out children in need that couldn’t easily access lunch programs because of where they lived. This is the program’s first year working in Des Moines feeding students lunch Monday through Friday during the summer.

Founder Tammy Cain says it costs her about 70 cents to feed a child each day. The program also gets to know the families so they can deliver food to them during shorter school breaks and holidays. Cain says too many kids lose weight over the summer and even during holidays because their families cannot access the resources they need.

Lunch Break is handing out school supplies to students Tuesday night. If you would like to donate supplies, food, or your time go to:


  • Sue

    This is so sad!!! we have children right here in Des Moines that need help getting the healthy, nutritious food they need. yet, here we are, taking in tens of thousands of illegal immigrants and taking care of them! Help OUR needy first!!! Let the rest of the world take care of their own!

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