As the temperature finally starts to warm up, many of us are looking forward to long, sunny days. Unfortunately, for families whose children depend on school meal programs, these days can turn into long, hungry nights.
When cafeteria doors close for summer vacation, girls and boys who depend on free and reduced-price breakfasts and lunches lose the security of that food safety net. Caregivers who are already having a hard time making ends meet now have to provide many more meals that they cannot afford.
We all know how vital it is for kids to have consistent, balanced meals for healthy development. But hunger also affects kids emotionally and behaviorally and hurts their ability to concentrate. Hungry children simply cannot thrive.
Your partnership helps ensure kids across the Delaware Valley won’t experience the damaging effects of hunger this summer. When you give, you stock the shelves of our member food pantries, you ensure our Philabundance Community Kitchen can prepare healthy LunchBox meals for kids and you fill our Fresh For All trucks with nutritious produce.
About a third of the people we serve every week are children, and your support is so important to them. I hope we can continue to count on your help in meeting the increased need for healthy food over the next few months.
From all of us at Philabundance who are working every day to end hunger, we thank you for your support in helping to feed children and families in need this summer.