School’s out for Summer, but Hunger takes no Vacation
In the summertime when schools are closed, children who depend on free or reduced school lunch often go hungry. For the past seven years, CreativKids SA (formerly Beth-El Food and Fun Summer Day Camp) has partnered with the San Antonio Food Bank to alleviate hunger and provide fun activities for children in our neighborhood. The following are facts from the National Food Research and Action Center, the US Census Bureau, and the USDA:
Over 2 million children in Texas qualify for free meals during the school year.
Only 12% of Texas kids from low-income families receive summer meals
40-50% of San Antonio children live below the poverty level.
For many children, the breakfasts and lunches served at Summer Feeding Sites like Beth-El’s are the only meals they get in a day.
78% of the children who live in zip code 78212 (Temple vicinity) qualify for meal assistance.
This summer, you can help make a difference by volunteering your time or donating funds and/or supplies. Volunteers are welcome as often as you’d like to come, and the experience is more rewarding than you can imagine! You can also earn community service hours and hours toward the President’s Volunteer Service Award. BFF begins on June 5 and runs through July 28. Hours for camp are 8:00 am to 12:30 pm Monday through Friday each week.