May 25, 2017
by Diana Carranza

Summer is the Hungriest Season for Kids

May 25, 2017
by Diana Carranza

The summer can be a trying time for the families and children who are facing food insecurity. Many low-income children qualify for free and reduced school lunch and breakfast, but when school is out for the summer, these meals can become less accessible. Fortunately, the North Texas Food Bank partners with the USDA, the Texas Department of Agriculture, and local organizations like St. Philip’s Community Center to provide access to breakfast and lunch for children in need over the summer. You can join us by making a donation today. $1 = 3 meals. 


Each year, St. Philip’s Community Center serves between 100 and 150 kids through its after-school program. Attendance is highest during the summer when many of these boys and girls lose all access to free or reduced-priced meals at their schools.

At the Center, children engage in a variety of fun activities — including basketball and football. LaSheryl Walker, the community outreach coordinator at St. Philip’s, says kids often come for the sports and stay for the meals. For LaSheryl, this partnership with the Food Bank is a win-win.

“[When] we’re able to provide a meal for [the kids], they can find out about some of the other activities we have, as well,” says LaSheryl.

In her time serving at St. Philip’s, LaSheryl has seen the impact your gifts make on the community. She says most parents work hard and still don’t make enough money to feed their children every day. But with your help, boys and girls who would otherwise go hungry have full stomachs when their parents pick them up at the end of the day.

According to LaSheryl, the meals provide a time for structure where the kids can sit down, focus and be still. By practicing these important skills during the summer, they’re likely to have fewer behavioral problems during the new school year.

“You have no idea what it means for the kids to receive these meals,” she says. “Thank you for your generosity and compassion.”

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The summer can be a trying time for the families and children who are facing food insecurity. Many low-income children qualify for free and reduced school lunch and breakfast, but when school is out for the summer, these meals can become less accessible. Fortunately, the North Texas Food Bank partners with the USDA, the Texas Department of Agriculture, and local organizations like St. Philip’s Community Center to provide access to breakfast and lunch for children in need over the summer. You can join us by making a donation today. $1 = 3 meals. 


Each year, St. Philip’s Community Center serves between 100 and 150 kids through its after-school program. Attendance is highest during the summer when many of these boys and girls lose all access to free or reduced-priced meals at their schools.

At the Center, children engage in a variety of fun activities — including basketball and football. LaSheryl Walker, the community outreach coordinator at St. Philip’s, says kids often come for the sports and stay for the meals. For LaSheryl, this partnership with the Food Bank is a win-win.

“[When] we’re able to provide a meal for [the kids], they can find out about some of the other activities we have, as well,” says LaSheryl.

In her time serving at St. Philip’s, LaSheryl has seen the impact your gifts make on the community. She says most parents work hard and still don’t make enough money to feed their children every day. But with your help, boys and girls who would otherwise go hungry have full stomachs when their parents pick them up at the end of the day.

According to LaSheryl, the meals provide a time for structure where the kids can sit down, focus and be still. By practicing these important skills during the summer, they’re likely to have fewer behavioral problems during the new school year.

“You have no idea what it means for the kids to receive these meals,” she says. “Thank you for your generosity and compassion.”

Give Now

 

 

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