NORWALK - Local churches have been distributing free lunches to children from low-income families in South Norwalk that had been going hungry at summer camp.

Since the Norwalk Public Housing Learning Centers lost their federal funding for lunches at their summer camps three years ago, the kids depending on it have been going hungry.

Patricia Marsden-Kish, director of the five learning centers, says the students all live in poverty and cannot rely on free meals from the school.

Terry Wilcox, the Bridgeport Rescue Mission's executive director, says the organization has supplied lunches for 175 children at the learning centers this summer. This is accomplished by having churches in the area prepare the lunches.

The Connecticut Food Bank says one in five children in the state struggle with hunger.