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School Ends, Hunger Begins - Support IFCS This Summer

School Ends, Hunger Begins – Help Us This Summer

When school-supplied breakfast and lunch programs end in a few weeks, children in need could go hungry. Help stop this from happening, remember us this summer and help collect funds and food.

School Ends, Hunger Begins - Support IFCS This Summer

When school ends many free or reduced lunch programs end. This puts a strain on families, remember to help us, help our neighbors in need this summer.

Remember when summer was all about playing outside and running through the sprinklers. Those long days of freedom and joy are replaced by stress and hunger for those in need. These families already live on a small budget and now tasked with feeding their children at a much higher cost, can cause a real financial burden.

The truth is that the low-income breakfast and lunch programs offered at schools are often the most nutritionally and economically beneficial meals children will receive. And ironically, these programs are tied to childhood obesity rates that can have long-term effects on their health. Why? Junk food, soda and other poor diet choices are cheaper to buy than fruits and vegetables. It is odd to look at an obese child and think they have a food security issue, yet that can be the case.

Compounding this issue during the summer is the truth that we all get busy making family plans or traveling. Food banks like ours see a depreciable drop in donations. The rise in demand from families without school provided meals plus a drop in donations is a big blow to our efforts to see no child go hungry.

How can you help? First, please remember we need your support during the summer and help us collect items from our needs list. Next, spread the word about the work IFCS does and help us help our neighbors in need. Lastly, help us deliver our programs by donating financial resources. While food donations are necessary for us to provide our services, keeping the lights on is a big deal too!

Click here for our needs list.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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