MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Every weekday from noon to 1:30 p.m. Jenifer Burton waits.
She waits for the box to be emptied. and the swing sets to be full. Most days, that never happens.
Jenifer works for the Shelby County School Summer Food Service Program. She said it's obvious kids need the food. She just wants more kids to take advantage of the food.
"We're out here with this passion, to serve to give to them, so would feel as if I've accomplished something did a good job," Burton said.
Sometimes before the children are given food they are hostile, but she said that changes after they receive the meal.
"They jump on the swings; you know you know their all-around attitude changes. Just because they get a free meal at lunch," Burton said.
She said violence in the area deters parents from letting their children walk alone, and in some situations health reasons stop parents from being able to walk with then.
Calvin Johnson is the Director of School Operations. He said, SCS averages 20,000 free lunches a day, but if needed, they provide as many as 80,000.
"If we can get the word out, we only have a few more weeks to go. We really wish we could reach a lot of organizations provide lunch meals for the kids," Johnson said.
Burton said on average she has to throw away more meals then she gives away.
"Instead of there being children hungry and food going to waste. More children are being fed and if it is actually going somewhere where it can be used," Burton said.
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