Maranda Prewitt, 8; Baily Jones, 7; and Michael Gilman, 14, along with caregiver Shelly Jones stand in line for meals at the Pat Elmore Center. Summer Meals for Kids is an offshoot of the Hancock County Hunger Summit. (Tom Russo / Daily Reporter)
GREENFIELD — The line of kids 18 and younger forming every weekday for a free, hot lunch at the Patricia Elmore Center is as good an indication as any about the state of hunger in the county.
For the third year, the Hancock County Hunger Summit will aim to address it, as a previous summit did in helping establish the Summer Meals for Kids program, which kicked off last year. In 2013, the program served roughly 1,000 meals. This summer, more children are showing up. The program is open to anyone, but advocates say it’s a good barometer of need in the community.