Philabundance will nearly triple the number of free summer meals it is distributing this year to kids who lose access to school breakfast and lunch over summer vacation, giving out 57,000 meals thanks to the help of generous donors and partners.

The Details

Community partners will distribute free, nutritious Philabundance LunchBoxes to kids in need throughout the summer. The lunches include items like wraps, milk, and produce, and are made by students in Philabundance’s culinary- and life-skills training program, Philabundance Community Kitchen. Some meals will be fresh, while others are shelf-stable, with items like barbecue chicken, fruit cups, hummus dip, and more.

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The Need

Approximately 400,000 children in Philabundance’s nine-county service area rely on school meals as a steady source of food when school is in session and spend the summer wondering whether they will have enough to eat. Hunger disrupts not only kids’ summer fun, but also their growth and development. According to Feeding America, children facing food insecurity:

  • Are more likely to struggle in school;
  • Exhibit social and behavioral problems;
  • Have impaired development in areas such as language or motor skills;
  • Experience more health problems and hospitalizations than peers who consistently have enough to eat.