A local church has a big goal in mind for this summer, it wants to make sure any hungry child in Alton has a free lunch. Volunteers with Main Street United Methodist Church are coordinating a summer lunch program for students in the Alton School District beginning next week and running until schools starts again in August. The main need now for the program is financial donations.

Church member Alan Abert is coordinating the effort and says they started out with a goal of 2,500 meals, but quickly realized the need is much greater:

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Starting next Tuesday, May 22, free sack lunches will be provided for kids in grades Kindergarten through 8th at the church in Upper Alton on Main Street, as well as at the Bethesda Temple at 512 Spring Street in Alton from 11:30 to 12:30pm every weekday. They have nearly 100 volunteers and two locations, so right now the need is funding to make it happen all summer. You can send your donations to the Main Street United Methodist Church at 1400 Main Street in Alton and mark on the check, "summer lunch."

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