During the summer months, children of low-income families no longer have access to the free and reduced meals offered by the schools. This means that over 15,500 children throughout northeast North Carolina find that summer is the hungriest time of the year. The End Summer Hunger campaign launches May 14th and will continue through June 30th.
The goal of the End Summer Hunger campaign is to raise hunger awareness and financial support in order to help feed every hungry child in the community, all summer long. All support is welcome, and monetary gifts will be matched dollar for dollar up to $6,000 thanks to the generous contributions of several sustaining Food Bank of the Albemarle partners.
“This time last year, our hope was that this campaign would raise enough new dollars to be able to serve over 52,000 healthy meals and snacks throughout the summer of 2016. We actually raised enough funding to provide over 108,000 meals,” says Liz Reasoner, Executive Director of Food Bank of the Albemarle. “Focused on reducing the stress on our hunger-relief partners and the families we serve, our goal this year is to raise an additional $18,500 which will translate into over 77,000 meals and snacks for this summer.”
Community involvement in the End Summer Hunger campaign is crucial to its success. To engage in the fight against hunger, whether as an individual, family, church, or business, please contact Carolyn Anderson, Director of Development, at (252) 335-4035, ext. 111, and learn about more ways you can help.
The 2017 End Summer Hunger sponsorship partners currently include several sustaining Food Bank partners, The Daily Advance, and Cooke Communications.
The data in this report is from Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap Study 2017: Food Insecurity and Child Food Insecurity Estimates at the County Level.
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