A Tale of Two Summers
Maddie and Courtney
are both 5 years old and attend schools just miles apart. Both have had good
years, loved their teachers, are working on reading, and have made lots of friends.
Maddie is super
excited for summer – a fun, quality daycare, trips to Lake Michigan and
Saturdays at the farmers market. Maddie always has plenty of nutritious food
and three good meals each day. For Maddie, summer is warm, full of
possibilities, stress-free and fun.
During the school
year, Courtney attends one of our Kids’ Food Basket service schools and
receives a Sack Supper each day. Courtney and her sister live in an apartment
with their mom who works hard at two different jobs. Once school is out,
Courtney is watched by her older sister each day. Their ability to access fresh
fruits and vegetables is minimal, and they often rely on summer school programs
to continue receiving their Sack Suppers. Each morning, Courtney is woken up by
her sister, gets ready for the day, and the two set off to find food, play and
comfort during the hot summer months. For Courtney, summer is hard and she
counts the days to get back to school.
We hear stories like Courtney’s all the time – so while school may be out, hunger is not.
As one of our Principals reminds us, “Our kids feel safe here at school. Once
summer comes, in many cases, basic needs can’t be met and that safety is gone.”
Our service doesn’t stop at the end of the school year. Instead, we work hard
to continue reaching children like Courtney through summer school, local parks
and community programs.
making a gift to Kids’ Food Basket to help us continue our summer service for
Courtney and all of our children who struggle with summer. Childhood hunger
doesn’t have to exist – you can help Courtney get the nourishment she needs and
take away the stress and fear that hunger brings.
Make a gift in honor or in memory of someone (click here).
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