This OTYCD post originally appeared in April 2018.
Remember to make a point of donating to your local food banks during the summer months, when schools are closed.
Students who receive free and reduced-price school meals can suffer during the summer, when their schools close. Their schools are often their most reliable source of nutritious meals. While many communities have programs that feed children under 18 during the summer, not all do.
It’s almost a cliche to volunteer at soup kitchens and food banks during Thanksgiving and Christmas, but summer is when the need can be keenest.
Food donations are always welcome at food banks, but donations of money are even more effective. Also ask your food bank if they accept donations of diapers, toilet paper, and feminine hygiene products, which cannot be purchased with food stamps.
Find your nearest food bank:
Donate to the AmpleHarvest.org food pantry network:
Find the nearest summer meals program in your community:
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