“I’m Sarah and I am in the 4th grade. I do well in school and have lots of friends. Usually, I am very outgoing but lately I am quiet and nervous. There are only a few more weeks of school and I am not looking forward to it ending. No school means no food, no school lunches or breakfast and no power pack on the weekends. I don’t know what we will have to eat at home. My parents try hard but can’t always buy enough food for us with all of the bills they have to pay. Summer time is the worst. I pray for a miracle that this summer we will have enough to eat.”
Over half of all the children across central and eastern North Carolina depend on the meals provided by their school as their primary source of food. For these kids, the breakfast served in their classroom and the free meal at lunchtime are a lifeline. But summertime is a challenge for the schools as their cafeterias close and kids go home for three months.
One of the ways the Food Bank helps ensure these children have enough healthy food to eat while they are out of school is by sponsoring the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program, or as we call it, the Kids Summer Meals (KSM) Program. The Food Bank is the largest non-government sponsor of the program in North Carolina.
This summer, we hope to feed thousands of children at 160 sites across our service area. We are excited to partner with local restaurants and catering companies to provide more hot meals to more kids. We also have a strong focus on nutrition, and will provide fresh fruit, low-fat milk, and healthy snacks to our sites.
By supporting the Food Bank, you make it possible for us to provide meals to children and their families during a time of increased need. Contribute to our Stop Summer Hunger food and funds drive today!