With Summer in full swing the kids are enjoying the break from school and our normal routines. This is usually a fun time to be a kid when you can spend the day playing, not worrying about homework, and even staying up late. But one of the things we may not think about is that Summer can be a very hard time for children that come from low-income families. During the school year low-income children are provided with free or reduced breakfast and lunch. Then suddenly when school is out for Summer those meals vanish, leaving many children hungry. Local food pantries and Summer food programs help children avoid hunger and relieve the financial stress from low-income families who now have additional meals to budget for.
Below are some facts from the Champions for Kids website:
Did You Know?
• When school lets out for the summer, millions of low-income children lose access to the school breakfasts, lunches and after-school snacks they receive during the regular school year.
• Only 1 out of 6 children who receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year continue to receive meals during the summer months.
• Low-income families with children face even more challenges during the summer when they stretch their food budget to provide additional meals for their children.
• The most recent national study of food insecurity found that 5.6 million American families accessed emergency food from a food pantry at least once in 2009.
Together we can help make a change in a child’s life by hosting a food drive with family and friends to donate to a local food pantry. This months SIMPLE Service project theme was Post Bowls of Hope #PostCFK Buy 2 boxes of Post cereal, one for your family and another to donate. I recently asked my sisters if they had any non-perishable items to donate then gathered our items for our local food pantry. I also purchased a few boxes of Post cereals for our kit (you can view more pictures on Google+).
The kids and I made Fruity Pebbles Treats with the cereal box we chose to keep. The recipe is quite simple: 6 cups of Fruity Pebbles, 4 cups of mini marshmallows, and 3 tablespoons of butter. The kids loved them!
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