Local officials say many children have taken advantage of food programs this summer.

Terre Haute Catholic Charities, Ryves Youth Center and Bethany House have served meals and snacks all summer long.

Officials estimate they’ve served 3,000 meals to children.

They’ll continue serving food to hungry kids in Vigo County until school starts next week.

“There are many, many children in the Terre Haute area and Vigo County that, if it were not for the schools and programs like Ryves, would not receive any meals to eat,” says Jim Edwards with Ryves Youth Center.

While these local programs can always use donations, they’re reimbursed by the Indiana Department of Education for the children they serve.