Hunger doesn’t take a summer break.
Kids: ages 2, 4 and 8
What they like to do: play outside, make art, watch cartoons, read books, do puzzles, and play house.
What they love about summer: playing at the park, running outside without coats, playing in the sprinkler on the grass outside their apartment, and celebrating family birthdays with balloons and cupcakes.
Their favorite foods: peanut butter sandwiches, bananas, blueberries, spaghetti with meatballs and mushrooms, and popsicles, of course.
Parents: Mom and Dad
What they do: Mom works part-time, trying to minimize child care. Dad does, too, while also going back to school to get a degree from a local college, so that he can earn better pay and more hours at his current job.
What they love about summer: more time with the kids and free things to do, even though summer costs more with additional daycare expenses and having to feed all three kids breakfast and lunch now that they aren’t in school.
What they worry about most: making sure that their kids are happy even when as parents they feel stressed, and making sure that their kids have enough good, healthy food to eat.
Second Harvest reports that 1 in 5 children in Southwestern Wisconsin face hunger.
In fact, summer puts more kids at risk for going hungry, because those that receive free and reduced lunch/breakfast at school may now be home alone, facing an empty fridge, while mom or dad is at work.
Yes, there are programs serving free meals for kids, but not all kids can take advantage of them due to transportation, scheduling or other issues. Many children in our community are food insecure, meaning they don’t know where or when they’ll have their next meal. Hunger means there may be no next meal.
The good news is -- MOM doesn’t take a summer break, either. Families in our service area will continue to be able to make unlimited visits to MOM’s large, bright, clean, and organized Food Pantry, six days a week, all summer long.
Individuals and families will find free, garden fresh produce, fruit, milk, eggs, meat, whole grains, and more to keep themselves and their children well-fed.
With your help, MOM distributed more than 1.4 million pounds of food in 2016 to more than 54,000 individuals. And, 48% of MOM’s clients are children. Your generosity will make this summer a time for those kids to enjoy the sunshine, fresh air and time to play they deserve without worrying where their next meal will come from.
And with your help, this family was able to meet all of their basic needs for food and clothing, stay in their home, and remain hopeful. Dad now has his degree and a better paying job, and they no longer need MOM’s assistance. It’s your generosity that makes this possible for people in your community. You give them hope. Make a gift today.
Double your Impact!
If you’ve been thinking about making a donation to support MOM, but have never donated or have not donated for the past three years—this may be the perfect time!
Second Harvest Food Bank has issued a $5,000 matching grant for all donations made by NEW donors between July 1 and Sept. 30, 2017. Anything you can contribute will provide help and hope to the families MOM serves!
Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin: https://www.secondharvestmadison.org/hungers-impact/hunger-stats
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