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Holiday Camps Provide Meals for Children in Need

November 29, 2012

For most people, the holiday break is a time to relax and enjoy spending time with family and friends. For those in need however, having children out of school can be more stressful than relaxing because school may be the only place where their children are guaranteed a meal.

To help lighten the burden of figuring out where their child’s next meal is coming from, many parents choose to enroll their children in a “Holiday Camp”. These city programs provide a safe place to keep kids out of trouble and to make sure that they don’t go hungry during the holiday breaks. Most of the children who participate in the Holiday Camps receive free or reduced lunches during the school year. The risk of these children going hungry is greater during holiday breaks because they lose access to their regular daily school lunches.

The Holiday Camps are located throughout San Antonio and kids can participate in many activities during the day, such as playing games, making arts and crafts and participating in sports, such as football and basketball.

“It’s fun here. We get to make new friends and have lunch together,” said one child.

Another one of the big draws of these camps is the food provided for the children. The camps aim to create nutritious meals for the children such as pizza on whole grain crust, a fruit cup, green beans and milk.

Providing a balanced meal and activity is key to growing healthy children. To find out more about our programs, call the San Antonio Food Bank at 210-431-8326.

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