Omaha Groups Serving Free School Lunches To Adults As Well As Children

06/02/2010 03:22 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Summer is often the most difficult time for struggling American families -- with food bank donations running low and many school services not available. To meet growing demand in Omaha, Neb. communities, reports the Mutual of Omaha Foundation and the Food Bank of the Heartland are banding together to provide free school lunches to adults.

While lunches are already available to children Monday through Friday through the Summer Food Service Program funded by the federal government, the new program being introduced by local nonprofits would extend services to the family members that bring children to school. The program is open to all adult caregivers -- whether it's a parent, grandparent or other guardian.

In the Council Bluffs school district, Nutrition Services Supervisor Virginia Bechtold explains that the number of schoolchildren qualifying for free or reduced price meals during the school year has risen from 54 percent to 62 percent in just two years. According to Bechtold, these numbers are clear evidence of increased need in the district. has a full list of local schools that will be offering the services and the dates they will be available.

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