The Issue: Nutritious Meals for Kids on Summer Break
During the school year, free and reduced-price school breakfasts and lunches help ensure that children from families with low incomes receive healthful daytime meals. But during summer breaks, the more than 16,000 school-aged children in north and east King County who receive these meals may not have a daytime meal to fuel their days’ activities.
The Campaign: Provide Children with Nutritious Meals
If this Grassroots campaign raises $880, then Hopelink’s End Summer Hunger program can help provide 160 children with a week’s worth of nutritious meals. This includes items such as cereal and juice to start the day, and a peanut-butter sandwich and apple for lunch. Each additional $11 or $22 donation will provide four or eight more children with two meals a day for one week. Anyone who donates $22 and registers the donation will also receive a Hopelink tote bag.
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.