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.

Please consider 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.

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