TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- A local organization says 1 in 5 children are hungry in Kansas.
A group called "Raise Kansas" is collaborating with United Way to serve lunches to students in low income areas.
They say USD 501 has had to eliminate summer school lunch because of budget constraints.
Starting June 2nd, Raise Kansas and United Way will need volunteers to help serve lunch at 25 sites.
They are also getting donations for books to the sites-this way students will have an activity while they eat and include some interaction with other students and volunteers.
"I'm a physician, I'm a mom, not only do I know how harmful the side effects of hunger are, it kind of haunts me to know the number of kids right in our backyard that don't have enough to eat," says Ximena Garcia, Raise Kansas.
Here are a list of drop off sites to drop off book donations:
United Way of Greater Topeka: 1315 SW Arrowhead Rd, Topeka, KS 66604
Contact-Chaiya Zahara 785-581-0235
· Kansas Children’s Discovery Center: 4400 SW 10th Ave., Topeka, KS 66604
Contact: Maureen Washatka 785 783-8300 Ext.108
· AAA: 1223 SW Wanamaker Rd, Topeka, KS 66604
Contact: April Gaer 785-207-7827
· Wal-Mart: 1501 SW Wanamaker Rd, Topeka, KS 66604