Summer Meal Sites for Kids – June 16

Watermelons and volunteers at Ochoa Middle School

Author: Kate Anderson

It’s that time of year again! Kids are on summer break, and they can’t wait to be out of the classroom for three whole months.

However, summer isn’t always a time of fun, freedom and friendship. For many children, it means questioning when they’ll eat their next meal.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Free summer meals are available for any child under the age of 18 and distributions are held at places like community centers, parks, schools and churches.

Summer Meals for KidsTo find a summer meal distribution site near you, click here and type in your address or ZIP code.

These programs help to fill the gap that is created when children are not going to school. Many parents rely on school meals to help feed their kids, so the summers can be a stressful time for the whole family.

Sam, the mother of a teen, shared her concerns at a recent Mobile Market free food distribution.

“It’s almost summertime, and I have a 16-year-old. He eats like an adult. So, we’re going to need more food in the household, and it’s always hard during summertime,” Sam said. “It’s kind of because he doesn’t eat lunch at school. I feel like we need more food.”

Sam’s isn’t alone. Many parents are facing the same struggle all over America right now, and they don’t know about free summer meal programs or how to find them in their neighborhoods.

This means helping to fight hunger can be as easy as sharing stories to raise awareness, or volunteering at your community food pantry. To learn about volunteer opportunities at Second Harvest in Spokane and Pasco, click here.

Together, we can make summer hunger a thing of the past.

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