More than 22,000 meals are served year round, free of charge to those who participate at EVO and through off-site programs. Research indicates that 85% of children go hungry in the summer months and weekends when they are not in school. EVO fills the gap in this critical area. Serving healthy meals offers the opportunity to help stamp out childhood hunger as the physical needs of children and youth are met.
HEALTHY MEAL PROGRAM EXPANSION
During the upcoming 2017 summer, EVO is launching a new effort to help eliminate childhood hunger. Thanks to a Wal-Mart Grant, EVO is starting a new food outreach to the community using “A Food Truck” that will be distributing food to 2 new open food sites. Any child under the age of 18 is welcome to be served food from the truck. In addition to the serving of the food, nutrition lessons, and group games will be hosted daily. We are anticipating an additional 50 - 100 children to be fed daily through the ‘food truck’ outreach. Another outreach that will be offered is for the van to go to local baseball and football games and serve a hot meal during the fall season.