With the school year behind us and summer in full swing, kids across the country hope to enjoy to a season of family picnics, swimming at the beach, and playing baseball with friends. However, for far too many kids, their days will be filled with the worry, anxiety and stress of hunger.
Summer can be the hungriest time of year for kids from low-income families. With school out of session, they will no longer be receiving the free school breakfasts or lunches they had access to during the school year, leaving food insecure families struggling to feed their kids. They have no choice but to seek assistance to get them through the summer months.
June, July and August are, by far, the busiest time of year for food pantries and meal sites across the country. In Western Massachusetts, 300,900 different individuals were served at member agencies of the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts during those three months last year. That’s a 22.5% increase over the winter months of December, January and February.
Hunger doesn’t take a vacation. Food pantries and food banks rely on your continued support to help them distribute more healthy food throughout the state. Find a local food pantry or one of the regional food banks in our Directory.