Will She Go Hungry This Summer?


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Will She Go Hungry This Summer?

“How will I feed my child this summer?” That’s a question on the minds of many parents as school lets out and children lose access to free and reduced-price school breakfast and lunch programs.

Across Feeding America Southwest Virginia’s service region, more than 43,000 children, or nearly 1 in 5, face hunger.

For these children, long summer days don’t mean vacations or more playtime with friends – they mean more time with an empty stomach.

That’s why Feeding America Southwest Virginia (FASWVA) invests so many resources into programs dedicated to feeding children and helping them grow, learn and thrive.

FASWVA has 30 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sites operating throughout the region this summer to provide hungry kids with free meals, as well as a brand-new foodie truck for children called “Cafe to Grow,” to augment feeding efforts in Roanoke City. In far Southwest Virginia, the ongoing Virginia 365 Project is providing supplemental EBT dollars to families of children in several test schools. The study helps feed kids and allows coordinators to gather data on the benefits of ensuring that children have enough nutritious food to eat 365 days a year.

Summer time is a hungry time for kids. But you can change that. Visit www.faswva.org/donate to give today.