Every year my MOMS Club has a summer cereal box food drive. If you’ve been following me for a few years you might even remember that a few times I’ve been able to get other companies to help us out with our cereal drives by donating cereal or matching how many boxes we were able to collect. WHY do we do this you might ask?
Kids go hungry during the summer.
Yes really they do. You see, during the school year 21 million children get lunch at school thanks to USDA’s free and reduced-priced lunches that are available to low-income families. When school gets out they don’t eat. There are programs out there to help but parents don’t know about them, they have no way to get to them, and not all communities have them.
The ConAgra Foods Foundation has pledged $5 million over five years to help ensure children have enough to eat during the summer. Funding for the Hunger-Free Summer campaign will expand summer meal programs to more children in more places.
This summer, the goal of the Hunger-Free Summer campaign is to help participating Feeding America food banks serve more children through unique and innovative programs. 23 Feeding America member food banks in 15 states will receive Hunger-Free Summer grants from the ConAgra Foods Foundation. These grants will be used to expand existing summer feeding programs, to establish new and innovative programs, and to make sure more families know that the program is available for their children.
The long-term goal of the ConAgra Foods Foundation’s Hunger-Free Summer program is to provide, over the next five years, at least 25 percent more meals for children struggling with hunger through summer food programs.
You can help too. By downloading the Hunger Avengers Activity Booklet you can educate your children about the issue and ConAgra Foods will donate a meal to Feeding America.
I’m excited to be able to announce that I’m going to be working with ConAgra Foods and Feeding America to raise awareness for this amazing program. I’m a Summer Blogger with ConAgra Foods and will be compensated for my time but my heart is really into this program.