According to Bob Wilhelm of the Advisory Board, a record of just over 20,000 (20,018) sack lunches were prepared and distributed weekdays to area students this year. This was the 16th year for the annual program, which targets at risk school aged children who take part in the federal and state free and reduced cost lunch programs during the school year.
Last year the total was 19,993 essentially matching the 2012 total of 19,997 lunches.
The goal of the program is to assure that these students continue to receive a wholesome noon meal during summer vacation.
Stop Nine church of Christ in Byesville, handled the lunch distributions in Byesville, while the Salvation Army coordinated the drop offs in Cambridge. The annual program was sponsored by McDonald's of Southgate Parkway and Byesville Aseptics, along with donations from a number of area churches, civic groups and individuals.