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Girl eating a meal. (Photo Credit: Flickrr.com)

Did you help a hungry child  get a free meal lately?

During the school year hundreds of children  benefit from free or reduced meals from the school breakfast program or lunch program. These meals are administered by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Children are just as hungry during the summer too, but the good news is that the No Kid Hungry summer campaign is about to kick off.

The Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign works to ensure
that all children in America get the food they need every day. The No
Kid Hungry network is made up of partners to help bring solutions to
bring down barriers by bringing food to children who are hungry.

The No Kid Hungry summer campaign was launched in 2010. By 2013,
over 2,000 children in Pennsylvania reached out either by text or hotline
to locate a meal site sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Coalition
Against Hunger. Last summer, 4.4 million meals were served
in No Kid Hungry campaigns cities and states.

When families in need use the free texting service, they receive a text back
with the address and program information for sites closest to them.
Information about how to find food resources in their area is also available.

You can help to end childhood hunger by doing these 5 things:

● Volunteer to become a site:
Examples of sites include: recreation centers, churches, schools, public
housing complexes and community organizations.

● Recruit other volunteers to donate their time

● Share information about the summer meals program site in your
Community

● Promote summer meals through a newsletter or local newspaper

● Volunteer to work with an anti-hunger group or social service network

There are over 1,000 places in Philadelphia that provide free meals and snacks to children and youth 18 and under. Proof of income is not required.

You can contact the Philly Summer Meals Hotline at:

1-855-252-MEAL (6325)

Or text “FOOD” to 877877

Want to become sponsor? Here’s how you can help.

US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Proactive Planning for Sponsors
http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/sfsp/SMT-Proactive_Sponsors.pdf

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