This week’s Hometown Hero, presented by Hendrick Southpoint, is Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger.

She helped create Food for the Summer, an organization which is entering it’s fourth summer of providing lunches to children that may not be able to afford them.

“We have a very long summer this year, about 11 weeks again,” says Hemminger. “The kids that are on free-and-reduced lunch, of which we had over 3,000 kids, don’t have access to those meals during the summer.”

Food for the Summer relies on volunteers, and according to Hemminger they had nearly 600 last year.

“It’s about an hour-and-a-half, two-hour window of time to volunteer,” says Hemminger. “You can sign up once or multiple times.”

Food for the Summer provided over 42,000 meals to kids last summer, and hopes for even more this year. Food for the Summer will serve meals and hold other activities Monday through Friday from June 17 through August 16.

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