And now that it’s summer, with a nearby Food Bank sponsored free summer breakfast and lunch program, we're getting by even without the daily free lunch we count on during the school year. It relieves a ton of stress. And when I'm stress-free, my kids are too. Someday, I hope they'll all go to college like I never had the opportunity to do. Nothing, really, would make me happier than giving my kids a better life.
About the Food Bank’s Summer Feeding Program:
For many kids, summertime means two things: fun and friends. For others, it means the only meals they can depend on ―school breakfast and school lunch―are no longer available. Families are faced with stretching already tight food budgets to feed hungry appetites through the summer. On average, families spend an additional $300 or more on food during the summer. Working parents who know their children are safe, supervised and fed during the school year must make other arrangements for their kids in the summer.
The Summer Feeding program is targeted to children in areas that are at risk for hunger over the summer months. We partner with non-profit organizations that conduct summer programs for low-income children to become a Summer Feeding site. All Summer Feeding sites are FREE to children under 18 years old. In summer of 2017, the Food Bank provided 39,742 breakfast and lunches meals to children in Northwest Louisiana.
To read the rest of our summer 2018 newsletter, click here.