Help Feed Families This Summer Through Family Keepsakes 4 Kids
Summer is here but hunger never takes a vacation
Philadelphia, Pa.- June 25, 2012- Summer in the Delaware Valley is here and while most families are looking forward to vacation, thousands of families are scrambling to put more food on the table over the next three months. Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, and families throughout the region are crafting a creative response to alleviate kids’ summer hunger through Family Keepsakes 4 Kids.
Close to 300,000 students in the Delaware Valley are enrolled in the school meal program that provides free and reduced lunches during the school year. Families that participate in the school meals program may struggle to put more food on the table this summer to feed their children to cover the missed meals. This basic necessity can seem like a daunting task when faced with a small food budget.
As a part of the Family Keepsakes 4 Kids (FK4K) program, from now through August 24th participating local ceramics and paint-your-own pottery studios will offer special items to paint and a portion of the cost will benefit Philabundance. A current list of participating studios can be found below.
“Summer is a tough month for families in our region as well as for the hunger relief organizations trying to keep up with the ever increasing demand,” said Bill Clark, president and executive director of Philabundance. “A family of four with two school-aged children who participate in the school meals program need to provide 40 more meals every month this summer which adds $110 to $125 to the monthly grocery bill, which is just not feasible for many families across the Delaware Valley.”
Philabundance and hunger relief organizations across the region tend to see an uptick in the amount of families going to them for food because children are out of school while food donations tend to drop causing a strain on the charitable food network. Philabundance needs community support all year round, especially in the summer.
FK4K Participating Studios
Abington Kids Creative Arts Studio
1134 Easton Rd.
Abington, PA 19001
Color Me Mine, Glen Mills
The Shoppes at Brinton Lake
100 Evergreen Dr., Suite 105
Glen Mills, PA 19342
Paint n’ Pottery Plus
15 West Oakland Ave.
Doylestown, PA 18901
214 S. 4th St.
Perkasie, PA 18944
The Pottery Place
United Sports Training Center
1426 Marshallton-Thorndale Rd.
Downingtown, PA 19335
Color Me Mine, Voorhees
Rave Motion Picture Center (formerly Ritz)
910 Haddonfield-Berlin Rd., Store #2
Voorhees, NJ 08043
Visit www.philabundance.org/summermeals can help you find the opportunity that is right for you. Whether you hold a cereal drive or volunteer at Philabundance’s Hunger Relief Center, you will make a difference. Donating money also helps because Philabundance can provide two meals for one dollar.
For more information, please visit www.philabundance.org or call 215-339-0900.
Philabundance reduces hunger and food insecurity in the Delaware Valley by providing food access to people in need in partnership with organizations and individuals. Philabundance provides a full plate of services through direct service programs and a network of close to 500 member agencies in 9 counties. Philabundance serves approximately 65,000 people per week at a cost of 50 cents per meal. There are more than 900,000 people in the Delaware Valley who are at risk for chronic hunger and malnutrition. In 2011, Philabundance distributed 21 million pounds of food. For more information about Philabundance, visit www.philabundance.org or call 215-339-0900. Visit us on Facebook, Facebook.com/Philabundance and follow us on Twitter, Twitter.com/Philabundance. If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance, please call Philabundance’s Food Help Line, 800-319-Food (3663).