By Aaron Day
SCHOOL’S out but, for 35,400 kids in our county, hunger’s not.
While many of our children enjoy the summer playing carefree games and eating popsicles to stay cool, some go without a proper meal each day.
That’s the message from Galveston County Food Bank, which this week said it wants to supply nearly 300,000 meals to low-income-family students by the end of the month.
Spokeswoman Natalie Clarke said the food bank already has programs that work with schools to provide a nutritious breakfast and lunch to some 5,800 children each month during the school year.
But, “for local kids who are part of their schools’ free or reduced-price meal programs, summer vacation means no longer having a reliable food source,” she said.
So the food bank is working with its national parent organization’s School’s Out, Hunger’s Not campaign in an effort to eliminate child hunger throughout the county during the break.
But it needs an injection of cash to help achieve its aims, so Clarke has posted an appeal on its website telling supporters it can provide four meals for every $1 they donate.
So, for example, the food bank could feed 100 children for every donation of $25, thanks to its collaboration with other feed-the-hungry agencies.
The appeal page ends with the exhortation: “Together, we can create a hunger-free summer for kids in need!”
Donations can be made online at galvestoncountyfoodbank.org/#!schools-out-hungers-not/c7g4. Fore more information, call Clarke at 409-945-4232 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.