Summer Meals Bring Smiles to Local Children
At the Cascade Woods apartment complex, children play soccer in the sport court after eating a ham & cheese sandwich, orange wedges and broccoli, courtesy of our Summer Meals program. This is just one example of the 21 sites that brought smiles and meals to local children this summer.
Kids need good nutrition all year long, so we are grateful to the hundreds of volunteers who prepare, pack and deliver these nutritious meals during the seven-week program, as well as to those who give their time handing out lunches at our meal sites. We are particularly thankful to the mangers of the seven apartment complexes whose collaboration allows us to bring the meals directly to children most at risk of hunger.
While we most often talk about the importance of nutrition, our Summer Meals Program has the added benefit or relieving stress—both mental and financial—on local families. On average, the household price of food goes up $300 per child in the summer.
“Families have so much on their plates these days. Rent and food prices continue to increase and wages have not kept up with the price of living,” says Katie Dwailebee, our Hunger Response Assistant Director. “When you are struggling to put food on the table, having to provide an extra meal each day can drive your budget right over the edge. By decreasing some financial strain, parents don’t have to stretch their funds so thin and can instead purchase nutritious food for the meals they are able to provide at home.”
We’d like to give a huge thank you to Stacy Struck, this year’s Summer Meals Food Service Coordinator, for keeping our volunteers organized and enthusiastic, as well as for her hard work and dedication to feeding children in Clark County.
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