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Mason Reedy, 6, of Eau Claire, helps his mom pick out bread as the Feed My People Food Bank distributes items to community members at a mobile pantry in the parking lot of McKinley Charter School. View more photos at LeaderTelegramPhotos.com.

Food insecurity is tough for kids and adults year-round. But when seasonal resources taper off for the summer, local organizations are stepping up their services to fill in the gap.

That includes Feed My People Food Bank in Eau Claire. Suzanne Becker, assistant director of the food bank, said the organization will increase the number of mobile pantry pop-ups it runs this summer in an effort to reach more people who need help with food.

“This is a difficult time for families,” Becker said of the summer months, when school meals are limited and families’ costs can surge. “It’s been difficult for us, too, to figure out how to best reach families.”

Feed My People piloted its summer pop-ups last year, Becker said — the organization collects a bountiful August harvest and hauls it out to a predetermined location where anyone can stop by. Last year it was offered once a week.

After a $6,000 grant from the Women’s Giving Circle, Feed My People will operate regular pop-ups Tuesdays and Thursdays in August as well as two more one-time pop-ups. The mobile pantry will be available in August from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursdays at L.E. Phillips Senior Center, from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursdays at Longfellow Elementary School, and from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays at Parkview Elementary School in Chippewa Falls.

One-time pop-ups will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, at Northstar Middle School and from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, July 27, at The Community Table.

Becker said the pop-ups are mostly in August because that’s when the harvest is most plentiful. Guests to the mobile pantries can expect fruits and vegetables such as zucchini, watermelon, tomatoes, potatoes and onions.

Other organizations around Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley offer food for those in need over the summer months. The Community Table continues to offer one meal per day — their schedule is available here

According to a graphic from Feed My People, kids can get free bagged lunches from the Eau Claire downtown farmers market between now and Aug. 25. Free bagged lunches for kids are also available at the Eau Claire Hmong Mutual Assistance Association until Aug. 20; the Eau Claire Parks & Recreation River City Adventures until Aug. 16, L.E. Phillips Memorial Library until Aug. 25 and The Community Table until Aug. 18. Hours of operation are available here

Feed My People’s website has a list of food pantries around the Chippewa Valley.

Free lunches from the Eau Claire school district for anyone ages 18 and younger include:

Now through June 28: Flynn Elementary School, 1430 Lee St.; Meadowview Elementary School, 4714 Fairfax St.; Putnam Heights Elementary School, 633 W. MacArthur Ave.; Robbins Elementary School; 3832 E Hamilton Ave.; Roosevelt Elementary School, 3010 Eighth St.; Sam Davey Elementary School, 3000 Starr Ave.; DeLong Middle School, 2000 Vine St.; South Middle School, 2115 Mitscher Ave.; Northstar Middle School, 2711 Abbe Hill Drive; North High School, 1801 Piedmont Road; and Memorial High School, 2225 Keith St.

At the elementary schools, breakfast is from 8 to 8:45 a.m. and lunch is from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Breakfast at DeLong and South middle schools is from 7:50 to 8:55 a.m., and from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. at Northstar. Lunch at all three middle schools goes from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

At both high schools, breakfast is from 7:30 to 8 a.m., and lunch is from noon to 12:45 p.m.

July 2, 3 and 5: Longfellow Elementary School, 500 Balcom St.; DeLong, 2000 Vine St.; South, 2115 Mitscher Ave.

At Longfellow, breakfast is from 8:30 to 9 a.m. Breakfast at both middle schools goes from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Lunch at all three schools is from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Longfellow will not serve food on July 5.

July 9 through 19: Longfellow Elementary School, 500 Balcom St.; Sam Davey Elementary School, 3000 Starr Ave.; DeLong Middle School, 2000 Vine St.; South Middle School, 2115 Mitscher Ave.; North High School, 1801 Piedmont Road; and Memorial High School, 2225 Keith St.

Breakfast at Longfellow goes from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Breakfast at the middle schools is from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. At Longfellow and the middle schools, lunch is from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Breakfast at Sam Davey is from 7:30 to 8 a.m. and lunch is from noon to 12:45 p.m.

July 23 through 26: Longfellow Elementary School, 500 Balcom St.; Northwoods Elementary School, 3600 Northwoods Lane; DeLong Middle School, 2000 Vine St.; South Middle School, 2115 Mitscher Ave.; North High School, 1801 Piedmont Road; and Memorial High School, 2225 Keith St.

Breakfast at Longfellow goes from 8:30 to 9 a.m., and lunch is from 11:45 to 12:15 p.m. Breakfast at Northwoods is from 7:30 to 8 a.m., and lunch is from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. At DeLong and South middle schools, breakfast runs from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. and lunch goes from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Breakfast at North and Memorial high schools goes from 7:30 to 8 a.m., and lunch is from noon to 12:45 p.m.

July 30 to Aug. 16: Flynn Elementary School, 1430 Lee St.; Longfellow Elementary School, 500 Balcom St.; Meadowview Elementary School, 4714 Fairfax St.; Northwoods Elementary School, 3600 Northwoods Lane; Putnam Heights Elementary School, 633 W. MacArthur Ave.; and Sherman Elementary School, 3110 W Vine St.

At the elementary schools, breakfast runs from 8 to 8:45 a.m. At the middle schools, breakfast is 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. At all schools, lunch is from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Contact: 715-830-5828, lauren.french@ecpc.com, @LaurenKFrench on Twitter