During the academic year throughout our Valley, 8 out of 10 local school children qualify for school-based meals through the Free and Reduced-Price Meal Program, which often provides lunch and snacks as well as breakfast each day. During our scorching hot summers, when budgets are tightest, kids are hungriest, and school is out of session, fewer than 1 in 10 local kids will continue to have access to school-based nutrition.
To meet the needs of children this summer, FIND created the Kids’ Summer Club: a 10-week distribution of healthy, kid-friendly food and snacks will reach over 6,000 children and their families weekly in 42 different locations, providing a Farmers’ Market atmosphere with fresh produce.
FIND Food Bank also works with our community-based distribution partners to determine summer-program needs that help them reach as many young people as possible. And we try to reach not only those kids who are able to participate in summer programs, but also siblings left at home — on the weekends, we send extra food home for others living there, which helps bridge the nutrition gap for another weekend.