4 Ways YOU CAN HELP Make a Hunger-Free Summer for Kids
It’s startling to consider. During the school year, more than half of school-aged children living in our 18-county service area count on free and reduced-price school meals. Come summer, few similar programs exist, and thousands of children face uncertainty over whether they’ll have enough to eat.
We're working hard to help fill the summer meal gap and YOU CAN HELP!
1. Have Fun Doing Good
There are lots of family-friendly, fun activites coming up that offer the opportunity to play together and help kids and families in need, too. Check out what's up next here.
2. Organize a Summer Food Drive
You'll find a number of tools to support you in your efforts here.
3. Be a Voice for Hungry Children
- Ever wonder why so many children
in our community are at increased risk of hunger in the summer? This article shines a light.
- Did you Know? The USDA's Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was implemented recognizing that a lack of adequate nutrition during the summer months may set up a cycle for poor performance among children and teens once school begins. Nationwide, SFSP currently reaches just 16% of eligible children under age 18. The USDA aims to change this with the introduction of a new website offering tools and materials to help interested individuals, organizations and communities support hunger-free summers for kids. Learn how you can help.
- Congress has a unique opportunity to address child hunger in our nation when they rewrite the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act next year. Learn more about federal child nutrition programs.
4. Give a Gift
One of the most important ways you can help fight hunger in our communities is through your tax-deductible financial contributions. For every $1 donated, we can obtain and distribute the equivalent of 7 nutritious meals. Here are 10 ways to give and help fight hunger in your community.