Over 22 million children in schools nationwide rely on both breakfast and lunch programs to get their everyday meals. However, because school is not in session, only 4 million children receive these same food programs over the summer. These children then go hungry during summer as their parents struggle to balance earning wages and putting food on the table.
In June, we kicked off our annual Summer To End Hunger food drive, an event aimed at supporting those children by being a resource for healthy food. Throughout the summer we distribute blue collection bins to local businesses around the community so people can donate food items that we will distribute to children and their families via numerous nonprofit agencies in the community. Last year we were able to provide 237 boxes of food to families with children in need.
This year we need your help more than ever as demand has skyrocketed due to recent economic impacts. Anyone can participate in the food drive — organizations, groups, clubs, neighborhoods and individuals can also help by holding their own drives — collecting items from the recommended list.
In addition, you can help by volunteering to pack the food into family boxes that get distributed by filling out our volunteer application located here.
Food Finders has a goal to distribute 1500 boxes by the end of August, so please contact our partner agency coordinator, Veronica, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone number (562 283 1400 x107) to get involved. Let’s work together in making this Summer a healthy season for all!
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