SLO County Food Bank receives $40,000 grant for summer meal program
–The SLO County Food Bank is one of 25 food banks nationwide to receive a $40,000 grant, funded by ConAgra Foods Foundation, in partnership with Feeding America to address the increased risk of child hunger during summer months when fewer children have access to school feeding programs.
As the school year comes to an end, so do the free breakfast and lunch programs relied upon by many San Luis Obispo County children and teens. To bridge the gap until the next school year and ensure children have access to nutritious food year-round, the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County will provide more than 40,000 meals through its Hunger-Free Summer Program at sites across San Luis Obispo County. “Summer can be an especially hard time for families who are already struggling to make ends meet,” said SLO County Food Bank CEO, Kevin Drabinski. “Thanks to this program, we’re able to provide kids with access to healthy food all summer long, so that they can return to school healthy and ready to learn in the fall.” SLO County Food Bank summer meals are held at libraries, schools, recreation centers, and other agencies with strong ties to the community. Depending on the location, children receive breakfast, lunch or snacks.
“Children should not have to worry about where they’ll find their next meal. But this is the case for millions of children across the country during the summer months. Conagra Brands Foundation is proud to partner with the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks to address and reduce the significant issue of food insecurity across the country,” says Robert Rizzo, of the Conagra Brands Foundation.
The Hunger-Free Summer program begins June 12, 2017. To learn more about summer hunger or find a summer feeding site in your community, visit www.slofoodbank.org.