Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Break
Over 200,000 children in South Carolina struggle with hunger, according to Feeding America, and summer is often the most difficult time for them. The nearly 35,000 children in Greenville County who rely on free and reduced-price school meals lose access to regular meals during the summer months. In addition, summer is particularly challenging for food pantries and summer feeding programs. Donations typically decline following the holidays and reach a near standstill during the summer months.
This summer lull is why it’s extremely important for us to work together and be vigilant in preventing hunger. Food rescue organizations, like ours, play a key role during the summertime.
Community food programs host summer meal sites at places such as parks, recreation centers and houses of worship — and those programs rely on food rescue services to provide what’s missing from their donations.
For Loaves & Fishes, we’re doing our part to keep the hungry fed even during the summer months. We pick up surplus food from restaurants, grocery stores, institutional feeders and caterers — many of whom give on a regular basis. We pick up this food and donate it to partner agencies and into the hands of those who need it.
Your role in this community crisis is simple: donate. Donate canned goods to us for distribution to food pantries and other worthy organizations that distribute food to the hungry. Donate leftover catered foods from events. And donate your money to help us continue to deliver food without interruption throughout the summer.
Hunger doesn’t take a summer break, and neither can we. We can work together to mitigate this need in Greenville County.