A local town in the east is launching a new program in an effort to combat childhood hunger.
Richlands community leaders will be hosting an awareness breakfast Thursday to launch United Way's CHEW Program at Richland's Primary and Elementary Schools.
CHEW stands for Children Eating Health on Weekends.
The program helps Onslow County students by giving them backpacks filled with child-friendly, easy to prepare meals over the weekend.
School staff and the Richlands Rotary Club reached out to the United Way to develop CHEW after seeing students with signs of childhood hunger last fall.
The childhood hunger event is open to the public and will be 8 a.m. Thursday at Richlands United Methodist Church.