Help Feed Families Like Nelson’s This Summer

Summer break from school can last up to 90 days. For many children, this means fun and relaxation. But for kids who count on school meal programs to stay healthy, summer vacation could mean three months of worry and hunger.

At the North Texas Food Bank, we know summer is one of the hungriest times of the year, and this year brings additional challenges for families as they experience rising food and fuel prices. For kids who rely on free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch at schools, this means families are now faced with how to afford 10 extra meals per child per week during the summer months.

Through our feeding network of more than 400 food pantries and community organizations and our 아동 프로그램, the Food Bank is working to get meals to the more than 300,000 children in our region – 1 in 5 – who experience hunger throughout the school year and the summer months.

Father and son in front of car holding bag of potatoes and milk carton.
Nelson and his son at a School Pantry distribution.

This includes families like Nelson’s. With two young children and a wife, Nelson works hard to provide meals for the family. But with food costs continuing to rise, affording healthy food and living expenses became difficult. Nelson needed help to ensure his family had enough to eat. Fortunately, his mother-in-law suggested visiting a food pantry at his children’s school, part of NTFB’s School Pantry Program.

“It means a lot to see that the school cares about their students – and their families as well.” Nelson said. “The pasta, the vegetables that we get, just a little bit of everything. We enjoy all the food. It helps a lot, especially in the pocketbook.”

The Food 4 Kids backpack program and School Pantry programs that were once limited to the school year can now be implemented year-round to address summer hunger needs. There are also several ways the community can help us fight hunger this summer:

  • Donate to the NTFB Summer Million+ Meals Match. You can help provide access to 2.5 million meals for North Texans facing hunger through our Million+ Meals Match. Give now and our friends at the David M. Crowley Foundation will triple your gift – up to $425,000 – meaning $1 will provide 9 nutritious meals. Your chance to provide triple the meals ends June 30! Donate here:
  • 이유를 찾으세요. 푸드 뱅크는 판매의 일부를 기아 구제에 기부하는 지역 사회 파트너 및 소매업체에 감사드립니다. 이러한 커뮤니티 기금 마련 캠페인은 쉽고 효과적인 환원 방법입니다. 최신 캠페인은 당사에서 확인할 수 있습니다. 여기 웹사이트.
  • 나만의 기금 마련을 시작하세요. 자체적으로 시작하기 쉽습니다. 온라인 모금 우리 웹 사이트에서 바로. 또는 아마도 귀하(또는 귀하의 자녀)가 이번 여름에 레모네이드 가판대나 동네 사업을 주최할 것이며 서비스를 회사에 통합하기를 원할 것입니다. 우리는 당신의 창의적인 노력으로 기부금을 받는 것을 좋아하며 $1이 3끼의 식사를 제공하므로 조금이라도 도움이 됩니다!
  • 자원 봉사자. Finally, if you want to be on the frontlines fighting hunger, we invite you to explore the various volunteer opportunities with the Food Bank. You can learn more about ways to get involved here:

You can read more about families like Nelson’s and the increased summer hunger needs in the latest edition of our quarterly newsletter, 테이블 주변.