BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– Students at home for the summer, and that means some will not have access to meals, but thanks to the Diocese of Baton Rouge (DBR), students will be able to get hot meals.

Parent Nicole Winans said, “It’s just an ease, a blessing to know you don’t have to worry about a snack or a breakfast.”

Starting now, families can pick up a week’s worth of meals through the DBR.

DBR Program Director Lynda Carville said, “People are recovering from COVID, and in Louisiana we also have floods, and so we feel like this is a part of giving back to the community.”

Carville said they are doing what they can to make sure no child goes hungry . 

She adds, “Some children are by themselves, and some parents are working, and these meals are prepared for them, and they are not in school so they’re not getting their breakfast and lunch. So, we are providing it for them.”

At St. George Catholic Church and eight other locations, families are receiving a full week of nutritious meals all summer long. Locations are listed below:

Restaurant company manager Stephen Hightower said it’s an opportunity to help his employees and give back. 

City Group Hospitality Managing Partner Stephen Hightower said, “We had no idea what we were going to do, then we were going to have to lay off all of our employees at some point in time. We were very fortunate to be engaged by the Diocese with an incredible mission.”

A mission that’s becoming a community effort.

Resident Barrett Blanchard said, ‘However many meals I have, I’m going to go visit that many families. Here in the area, I know some families that could really use the help. So, my daughter and I are going to go drop them off and surprise them with a little bit of love.”

The nutrition program is available to families until July 23.

The program is every week from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, so don’t miss out.

This program is available for children up to 18 years old.