Summer Foods Ministry
Summertime – sunshine and a break from school is a time to celebrate for many kids. But for some children, it means hungry, growling tummies. ADTH participates in the Wake County Summer Foods Program, a USDA program that provides free, nutritious meals during the summer to children who receive free or reduced price meals during the school year.
More than 56,000 students in Wake County, representing 36% of students in the Wake County public schools, are eligible for Free and Reduced-Priced school meals. Many of these children are at risk for hunger in the summer months. Annually, only four percent of the federal government budget allocated for child hunger is spent. The funds are available; we just need volunteers to make it happen!
This summer, our volunteers will serve nutritious meals at Las Americas Mobile Estates in Cary. Since we joined the Summer Foods program in North Carolina, we have served more than 1,000 meals to low-income families. In addition to providing meals, we form positive relationships with the children by playing games, doing art projects and greeting them with a smile and conversation.