Summer break is supposed to be a time of fun activities and adventures, but for some children, summer vacation takes on a different meaning. It can mean less structure in their daily routines and fewer reliable meals. In FY21, CommUnity Food Bank served more than 4,000 children.
This is the equivalent of thirteen elementary schools filled exclusively with children who don’t know where their next meal will come from.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, 509 families that have never used our food services reached out for help. From June to August, at least 200 children and their families will visit CommUnity’s Food Bank for the very first time. The summer season is particularly busy at the Food Bank, as families try to bridge the gap between their income and food needs.
Throughout the United States, one in four families is on the verge of food insecurity, according to a 2020 report by Feeding America. Most children within this group rely on free breakfast and lunch from their schools as their primary meals during the school year. When school is out for the summer, those same children are less likely to receive complete meals. That’s why CommUnity’s Strike Out Hunger food drive, sponsored by Hills Bank, aims to help keep its pantry shelves stocked throughout the summer months.
Your support for Strike Out Hunger, sponsored by Hills Bank, will help us make a positive impact on the lives of children in our community.
Hold a Strike Out Hunger Food Drive
Food donations may be dropped off at the Pepperwood Plaza Food Pantry Monday – Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Please drive around the building to the mural side and ring the doorbell next to the pantry’s garage door.
Donations may also be dropped off at participating local businesses during the month of July!