Summer break from school is typically a fun and exciting time, a nice change of routine and time to recharge when the weather is at its best. But, for many kids across the country any break from school equals a break form getting food. For many kids, free or reduced cost school meals have become a major source of basic nutrition. When schools close for the summer, many families struggle to fill the gap. And kids can’t be kids when they’re hungry.
Benefits of proper nutrition
Proper nutrition in a kids life allows them to be as physically and mentally healthy as possible. When a child is NOT hungry their energy increases and they have a healthier brain, these are all positive things, but how can we help to get the food to these kids during the summer?
Well this summer, I am partnering with the ConAgra Foods’ Hunger-Free Summer campaign with Feeding America. This summer, 26 food banks in 18 states will use Hunger-Free Summer grants, funded by the ConAgra Foods Foundation – ranging from $20,000 to $50,000 – to expand their summer feeding program, bringing more healthy meals to more children during the summer. Their goal is to reach at least 25 percent more children in need during the summer than before, over the course of five years.
Hunger-free Summer, what you can do to help
- View, like or share this video: ConAgra Foods has partnered with Kid President to help spread the Hunger-Free Summer message. For each action the ConAgra Foods Foundation will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America, up to one million meals.
- Volunteer: While providing meals is a top priority, fun activities are also important in attracting children to feeding sites. During the summer, volunteers can help transport food, help an existing feeding site with lunch preparation and clean-up, or do activities with the children. Visit www.feedingamerica.org to find a nearby food bank in need of volunteers. I will be going to one in NYC in the next few weeks (let me know if you want to join me).
- Learn: To learn more about the issue of child hunger, visit www.childhungerendshere.com and click on the “tacking action” tab.
I would love to hear any other ideas you might have, or have done to help in a Hunger-Free Summer.
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Feeding America, all opinions expressed here are my own as always.