During summer months, many children in north and east King County who receive reduced and free meals during the school year lack access to regular, healthy meals. With its End Summer Hunger program, Hopelink addresses this need, temporarily focusing its typically wide-ranging social services efforts on supplying low-income children with nutritious meals.
Hopelink's End Summer Hunger program allies local businesses, organizations, schools, and individuals to work jointly to ensure that children in the community do not go undernourished. Having served the local low-income and homeless communities since 1971, Hopelink identified a higher demand for food at their five emergency centers during the summer months, when schools' lunch programs aren't in effect. The End Summer Hunger program endeavors to meet the increased demand by bolstering the food bank's resources. Last year, this coalition of community groups managed to raise nearly $170,000 in cash and food, equipping Hopelink with the supplies needed to address youth hunger.
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Hopelink strives to promote self-sufficiency for all members of the community through housing, financial assistance, family development, and other social services. Since 1971, the organization has helped tens of thousands of people move from vulnerability and crisis to independence and stability.
Along with adult literacy programs, school-supply programs, and career development, Hopelink runs End Summer Hunger, an annual food and funds drive that helps ensure children from families with low incomes have enough to eat throughout the summer. Last year, End Summer Hunger—with the help of individuals, businesses, and schools—raised $181,439, plus thousands of pounds of food to meet the increased demands at Hopelink’s food banks during the summer months.
End Summer Hunger will stock Hopelink’s five food banks for the high-demand summer months when subsidized meal programs at schools are not availableBellevue Reporter, 3/26/10
The kids who are helped by the End Summer Hunger program are like children everywhere: active, energetic and hopeful – except they often don’t have enough to eatShoreline-Lake Forest Park Patch, 6/6/11