The countdown to summer is often a time of excitement for children who look forward to several months of sleeping in, playing outside, and relaxing. But for some families, this can be a time of increased food insecurity, as children are not getting a meal at school. In our continued efforts to alleviate childhood hunger, the #RANoHungryChild Campaign joined forces with Samaritan House in Washington, Michigan to help feed children through the summer months.
Samaritan House is a community service organization designed to meet the unique needs of local individuals and families. They accomplish this by identifying specific issues their neighbors are struggling with and mobilizing support to help. One such need was that families utilizing their food pantry required some extra help during the summer months when kids are out of school, and therefore aren’t getting a daily school lunch.
To meet this need, Samaritan House developed the “School’s Out” kids summer nutrition program. This program collects food donations and funding to give families with school-aged children an extra bag of groceries during June, July, and August. They use donations to purchase healthy snacks such as fruit and granola bars, as well as peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, and cereal. Random Acts was thrilled to make a donation, aiding in the purchase and distribution of food to these families.
Recognizing need in our communities and taking action to help is something each of us can do. If you would like to get more information on how you can support Samaritan House, please visit their website here. If you’ve noticed a way you can help your local community, visit our Sponsor Acts page to see how Random Acts can help you to help others.