Schools across the region are trying to help parents feed their children this summer.
Officials say they expect many students will take advantage of the free summer food programs.
As students gear up for the summer, several Eastern Kentucky school systems are making sure children are eating right with free food programs.
“Any student that can go to these sites individually can have free meals all summer long,” Sabrina Thompson said.
Sabrina Thompson is the Food Services Director for Pike County, whose food program kicked off Monday.
Eleven schools from the Pike County School System will prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner.
By the end of the summer an expected 50,000 meals will be made.
Parents and children gathered at the Tug Fork Apartments in Belfry, just one of 37 locations that
will be hosting the meals.
It's the first time the program has come to this complex..
Thompson says they look forward to the many more tables they'll have to clean this summer if that means one more child is given a healthy meal.
Any child under 18 can benefit from the program, which runs until August.
Pike County officials say they expect to serve more than five hundred children a day.