The Rotary Clubs from Southern Delaware, in conjunction with the state and nonprofit organizations including the Harry K Foundation, the Food Bank of Delaware and Clothing our Kids, will hold a day-long meeting to focus on hunger and clothing needs of children in Sussex County and beyond.

The Feeding and Clothing Our Children Symposium will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 5 at Sussex Central High School, 26026 Patriots Way, Georgetown.

The symposium will be open to school counselors, nutritional staff, social workers, administrators and members of the parent-teacher organizations from across Sussex County and the Milford School District.

The Delaware Department of Education Nutrition Programs administers several programs that provide healthy food to children including the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program and the Special Milk Program. Each program helps fight hunger and obesity by reimbursing organizations such as schools, child care centers, after-school programs and nonprofit organizations for providing healthy meals to children.

In Sussex County alone, the Harry K Foundation has created 14, school-based pantries in schools and at Delaware Technical and Community College In addition, they provide a Back-Pack Program to help sustain students over weekends and holidays, and “Infant Pantries” to address the needs of young children and were also involved with summer bag lunch pick-up sites. This represents about 25 percent of the more than 50 schools in Sussex County.

Since 2012, Clothing Our Kids, a nonprofit out of Millsboro, has provided more than 82,000 clothing items to more than 15,000 children in Sussex County.

The goal of the Feeding and Clothing Our Children Symposium is to ensure school staff and interested community members learn how these groups are working to guarantee that there are no children who are hungry or in need of clothing and learn what steps schools can take to establish a food pantry, a backpack program and to secure needed clothing for their students.

For more, call 607-215-1427 or email raybrookloj@hotmail.com.