For many of us growing up, summertime meant warm weather, backyard barbecues and playing outside till the sun went down.
But for thousands of low-income children in Philadelphia, summer can be full of uncertainty about where their next meal will come from.
During the regular school year, these children eat free or reduced-price meals at school. But when school is out, many of them face higher risks of hunger and malnutrition during the summer months.
In fact, only 1 in 7 Pennsylvania kids who receive free or reduced-price lunch get free summer meals. And that’s a statistic we’re working hard to change.
The Coalition Against Hunger wants to ensure no kid goes hungry in Philadelphia this summer.
Over the next few months, we’re supporting more than 75 sites in Philadelphia that offer free summer meals to kids and teens. These sites are schools, churches, recreation centers and other organizations that will provide kids in their communities with the nutritious food they need to stay healthy all summer.
We’re making sure that these programs not only provide children with wholesome meals and snacks, but also education and activities that teach them about healthy eating and physical fitness.
Next week, we’ll launch a toll-free hotline and free texting service to help families find their nearest sites. And we’re talking to community leaders and organizations, so they can get the word out to their friends and neighbors.
With your help, we can keep kids from going hungry in Philadelphia.
And we will do our best to ensure that summertime for them is as happy and carefree as it was for us.
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