Snow days impact more than children's education

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MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP)- For some low income families, snow days can be hungry days.

Kids that rely on school meals are left on their own when inclement weather hits and local food pantries see those effects.

Food pantries like the Gospel Mission in Marietta say they see kids year round.

Weekends, summer breaks, snow days and holidays are all moments when kids do not have school, which could mean not getting their 3 meals a day.

That is why food pantries play such a vital part to many in the community.

Director at Gospel Mission explains that kids stock up on items like mac and cheese, noodles, and cereal.

Simple foods that are quick and easy for them to fix themselves.

Candy Waite, Director of gospel Mission Food Pantry, explains, “When the school is out, we know that there will be an increase in the kids coming. Last night I had four children that came to Gospel Mission Food Pantry to get food. We have a lot of walkers that come to the food pantry, and the children are one of those classes where they walk up here to get food. If it wasn’t for the food pantry, I don’t know what a lot of kids would do.”

Waite said the food pantry wouldn’t be possible without the community’s support.

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