In our nation, nearly 49 million people are facing hunger, 15.9 million of whom are children. When school is out in the summertime, many children no longer have access to meal assistance. Of the more than 21.5 million low-income children eating free or reduced price lunch during the school year, only 3.5 million are accessing a summer feeding program, leaving millions of children unserved. Many families are left struggling to stretch already limited food budgets even further with yet another gap to fill. Data from Share our Strength finds that families spend an additional $300 dollars on groceries during the summer months. SNAP benefits also went down last November making it more difficult for families to make ends meet.
In our 29 county service area, a number of our partner agencies host summer feeding programs. These are places where a child can get a meal when they need it. The Atlanta Community Food Bank supports the Georgia Food Bank Association in their efforts to mobilize support for the summer food service program.
There are a number of ways you can get the location of a nearby summer meals site.
- Text FOODGA to 877877 to get addresses of nearby summer meals sites via text message. You will be prompted to send a second text message containing your address.
- Visit the Georgia Food Bank Association website for an interactive map that will show you the nearest summer meals site.
- Call United Way's 2-1-1 and ask for the nearest summer meals sites.
(Psst, if you haven't seen it yet, Kid President knows what's up when it comes to summer hunger. For every view, like and share, ConAgra Foundation will donate a meal to Feeding America.)