It doesn’t seem possible that in the wealthiest country in the world, 1 in 4 children in our own communities are going to bed hungry each night. Nationwide, that’s 17 million kids. In many households, parents and older siblings go hungry so younger ones can eat. Thousands of kids are starting off the school day hungry because they weren’t able to have breakfast. On Friday, many kids dread the coming weekend, because they know they may not eat again until they return to school on Monday. We have heard stories of kids who purposely fail so they can attend summer school and continue to receive free lunch. Studies have shown that children with full stomachs score higher on tests than those that are hungry.
Thanks to a generous grant from Our Family Foundation by Stop & Shop, and combined with a Golden Spark grant through Walmart Foundation’s “Fighting Hunger Together” Campaign, and a generous grant from C&S Wholesale Grocers the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley will be able to provide food at 11 schools for kids to take home to eat over the weekend. Our new Backpack program provides bags filled with food that is child-friendly, shelf-stable, and easily-consumed. The Backpacks are discreetly distributed to participating children on Friday afternoons.