The grant provided in partnership with Feeding America® addresses increased risk of child hunger during summer months when fewer children have access to school feeding programs
Fredericksburg, VA (Jun 15, 2017) — One in ten children in our community faces hunger. When schools are closed for summer, children who rely on free or reduced-price school breakfast and lunch have less access to the nutritious meals needed to grow and thrive. This is why Feeding America®, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization, and Conagra Brands Foundation have partnered to provide meals to kids through the Hunger-Free Summer program. The Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, a Feeding America member food bank, is one of 25 food banks that have received a Hunger-Free Summer grant, funded by the Conagra Brands Foundation. The Hunger-Free Summer grant will enable the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank to purchase equipment to expand the Kids on the Go summer feeding program.
“The summer months are not easy for many low-income families,” said Oya Oliver, President & CEO of the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, “When school ends, so does access to school meals that families and children rely on. The Conagra Brands Foundation’s Hunger-Free Summer grant allows us to support more families in our community during the summer months by helping to ensure that children have access to healthy meals.”
Across the country, 22 million children receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program. When school is out during the summer, less than four million children receive meals through the USDA Summer Food Service Program. This dramatic decline during the summer is due to a lack of access to meal sites, insufficient program awareness and limited resources.