As we head into summer, anxiously awaiting more opportunities to gather safely together, I hope this issue of The Feed finds you well.
This year, as our children adjusted to learning in new settings, many at home, we faced the unique challenge of feeding children who rely on meals at school. In Philadelphia alone, there are nearly 250,000 school-aged children who depend on free or subsidized meals. This last year only reinforced the essential role that schools play in alleviating childhood hunger, and how devastating the impact can be when children and families can’t count on these vital services. Each summer, as children enjoy their well-deserved break from school, we must remember that hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation.
Thanks to you, our generous Philabundance donors and friends, we have the resources to further the programs and initiatives that address this dire issue, especially as children spend more time at home.
This issue of The Feed showcases our continued work, along with firsthand accounts from the essential people helping us get it done, to ensure children and families have food on their tables all year long. We are truly grateful for your continued partnership in our fight against hunger. On behalf of our entire team of staff, volunteers, and partners at Philabundance, thank you.
Loree D. Jones
Chief Executive Officer