Summer vacation is just a couple of weeks away for us. I’m planning our schedule and finding events to keep my children busy.
For a lot of parents, the thoughts go so much deeper then that. Some parents are trying to think of ways to keep their children from going hungry during summer break.
In Orange County about 43% of children depend on the free and reduced lunches at school as a majority of their nutrition each day. So for many children no school = no food.
How can you help?
Raise awareness and refer people: The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) helps low-income children continue to receive meals when school is out. The program provides children healthy meal options for breakfast and lunch in the summer months at Kids Cafes and other sites. Summer site information varies by state and is available when the school year ends. Call 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (for Spanish speakers) to find a free, nutritious summer meal site near you.
Donate or Fundraise: Start or join a fundraising page or donate funds.
Volunteer: Volunteers help with basics like transporting food, setting up or cleaning up a site.
pictures courtesy of http://www.whyhunger.org/