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Feeding Our Most Vulnerable Takes a Community

June 15, 2011

Hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation. When the school year ends, federally subsidized school breakfasts and lunches become unavailable. Last summer, more than 200,000 meals and snacks were served through the San Antonio Food Bank’s (SAFB) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). This year the Food Bank’s goal is to serve 9,000 children and distribute 300,000 meals through the SFSP. We can’t accomplish this goal without the help of our community – donors and volunteers alike.

Today, H-E-B presented a check for $50,000 to the SAFB to support SFSP. Other generous product donors include General Mills and Kraft Food Service.

The SFSP was created to ensure that children in lower-income areas could continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations, when they do not have access to school lunch or breakfast. But, although millions of children depend on nutritious free and reduced-price meals and snacks at school for 9 months out of the year, just a fraction of that receive the free meals provided by the SFSP during the summer months.

Another important component of SFSP is our volunteers. Every week at the SAFB, volunteers help assemble the meals that are distributed to the feeding sites. Today, volunteers from Kym’s Kids are helping the cause. Kym’s Kids is a scholarship based program that engages youths in their community through volunteerism and combines their performance in school to create a winning situation for the students in the program.

If you’d like to support SFSP by providing food, time or money, visit our website for details.

The SFSP is a free program for children 18 and under runs from now through August 19. For the nearest location and times, please call 2-1-1.

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