Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Summer is the Season of Childhood Hunger

During the summer, children who normally receive free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch from their schools are at risk of going hungry. According to California Food Policy Advocates, there are 120,524 children in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties who are eligible for the subsidized school meal program - that's 1 in 5 at risk of hunger.

The Share Your Lunch campaign is committed to collecting food and raising funds that will be used to feed children during the summer months when they do not receive free or reduced-price meals at school.

The Need
The Summer of 2010 will be one of the most difficult seasons for local families to endure. Second Harvest is partnering with the community to help stave off hunger for thousands of children who don't know where their next meal will come from.

The Goals
To meet the increased need, the Share Your Lunch campaign has a fundraising goal of $1 million and collection goal of 100,000 pounds of food. Reaching these goals will provide food to approximately 85,000 children each month this summer.

The Dates
Share Your Lunch officially begins on May 1st and will run through July 31st. Individuals and groups are encouraged to participate in the campaign during this period.

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