Summer is fun for kids, but for parents, it can be a real headache. Engineering child care, summer camps, play dates, etc., etc., makes summer not all that fun for the adults.
But for some families in Williamson County, summer is a time of heartache. These are the parents whose children are on free/reduced lunches during the school year. When school is out, however, that access to regular balanced, nutritious meals is gone.
And parents whose children qualify for the federal lunch program have few, if any, resources to feed their children.
A total of 80% of children from low-income backgrounds spend their summer days at home, reports the organization No Kid Hungry. Their parents’ grocery bills grow accordingly, meaning there is less money for utility bills and rent.
And, the hunger experienced during the summer months can affect a child’s academic achievement, brain development and overall health, No Kid Hungry says.
There is help here in Williamson County. Any family in need can receive a shopping cart full of food once a month from GraceWorks. But we need your help. Demand is heavy on the GraceWorks Food Pantry in the summer. And yet, summer is the time we receive the fewest donations.
Please help ease these families’ burdens this summer with giving a bag of food, donating cash or organizing a food drive for your church or other organization. Bless these families and their children by helping to fill a most basic human need.
Executive Director of GraceWorks Ministries, Inc.