One out of six children in Indiana faces hunger. While schools do a good job of offering lunches – and often breakfast – during the school year, summer can be an increasingly food insecure time for children.
This is why Feeding America®, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization, and ConAgra Foods Foundation have partnered to provide meals to kids and families when they need them most through the Hunger-Free Summer program. Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, a Feeding America member food bank, was one of 27 food banks that have received a Hunger-Free Summer grant, funded by the ConAgra Foods Foundation.
“Summer can be an especially hard time for families who already are struggling to make ends meet,” said John Elliott, President and CEO of Gleaners. “We are thankful to ConAgra Foods Foundation for its support of the Hunger-Free Summer program. Working together, we were able to support more families in our 21-county service area by ensuring their children have access to healthy meals.”
When school lets out across the country, 18 million children who rely on free or reduced-price school meals are left without access to the nutritious meals that nourish them during the school year. For the seventh consecutive summer, more than 20 communities across the country will have support to strengthen their summer feeding programs from ConAgra Foods Foundation which has been a dedicated supporter of Feeding America for over 20 years.
“This initiative extends our reach with the Feeding America network and directs support to the organizations that work directly in the communities to impact the significant issue of food insecurity across the country,” says Robert Rizzo, ConAgra Foods Foundation. “Through the distribution of additional summertime meals, we hope to have a positive impact on the lives of children, giving them the fuel they need to grow, learn and play, so that they can reach their full potential.”
The Hunger-Free Summer grant enabled Gleaners to provide 181,434 additional meals, to 1,114 children in 10 counties in central and southeast Indiana.
To join the cause and learn how you can help bridge the gap for children and families during fall and spring breaks, holiday vacation and other out of school days, visit gleaners.org/donate.
Hunger-Free Summer Release