This Friday we are focusing on food as fuel. You’re probably needing lots of sustenance for all the summer activities you’re up to. When you open up the fridge for a summer snack, what do you find? For some kids, there is not much to choose from. Food insecurity can be especially difficult for families in the summer if they rely on free school meals to help fuel their children during the day. According to the organization No Kid Hungry, summer is the hungriest time of year with 43% of low-income families saying it is harder to make ends meet in the summer.
On a quest to learn more about this issue from a kid’s perspective, we turned to the children’s story, Maddi’s Fridge. In a sweet version of the book online, a young reader “Dean, The Reading Machine” talks about the two main characters- Maddi and Sofia. One has a full fridge and the other doesn’t, and at the end of the book the author shares resources for addressing food insecurity. After reading the story, Dean shares an important takeaway:
“You don’t have to donate around Christmas or holidays. You can donate every day!”
No Kid Hungry has a summer meals campaign to help local organizations run meal programs for vulnerable communities. They can even help fund initiatives like mobile meals trucks. Families in need can text FOOD to 877-877 and get a list of summer food distribution sites nearby.
How can YOU get involved? SIMPLE!
Step#1: Learn about food insecurity through the story, Maddi’s Fridge. Enjoy it read aloud to you virtually by Dean, The Reading Machine!
Step #2: Text FOOD to 877-877. We did, and we found three local summer meal programs in our area. These sites might be a great place to inquire about volunteer opportunities or food donation requests.
Step #3: Check out the resources provided by No Kid Hungry to start, support or improve a summer meals site near you.
Armed with new info, we hope that you’re fueled to support summer food security in your community!
This piece was written by Marissa Nadjarian. We are proud to have Marissa as one of our main contributors and Mentor Me Learning Advisory Board Members. She is a service-learning specialist, educator, mother and founder of Philanthroparent. Learn more about Marissa and her work at https://philanthroparent.com/about/the-author/.