Kodomo shokudō cafeterias that offer meals to needy children for free or at low prices continue operations in areas hit by the Jan. 1 powerful earthquake in the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture, central Japan.

But some kodomo shokudō operators in the Okunoto region in the peninsula, which was hit particularly hard by the 7.6-magnitude quake, face difficulties offering their services due to damage from the disaster and are therefore in need of help from other parts of the prefecture and elsewhere in the country.

In the Ishikawa city of Suzu on the peninsula, six entities from within and outside the prefecture jointly held a kodomo shokudō event on March 31, with menu items including children's favorites such as chocolate-coated bananas, cotton candy and a bowl of rice topped with ginger fried pork.