The Red Nose Day Fund supports Feeding America’s commitment to helping children grow, learn and thrive. By providing grants to 200 network food banks, the Red Nose Day Fund helps Feeding America reach 12 million children across the United States annually through a variety of child hunger programs including weekend BackPack programs, afterschool Kids Cafe programs, School Pantries, and Summer Feeding Programs.
Summer isn’t fun when you’re hungry. Like 22 million other children during the school year, 11 year-old Zoey receives free and reduced-price school meals through the USDA’s national school breakfast and lunch programs. However, when children are out of school during the summer, they lose access to those meals, putting them at greater risk of hunger.
Thankfully, many food banks provide meals to host sites in the summer months, which provide children with free, nutritious meals when school is not in session. Zoey attends a free Summer Program, operated by the Good Shepherd Food Bank that provides nutritious food like turkey and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, apples, carrots and broccoli. Zoey says, “It’s really good food that gives me the energy I need to be active and play with my friends. It also helps my mom not stress, because she doesn’t have to worry about finding money to feed us extra meals during the summer.”
Thanks to partners like Red Nose Day, millions of children like Zoey are receiving nutritious meals through Feeding America food bank child hunger programs during the summer and throughout the year.
“Without the lunch program, I would be sad. I’m really happy that we have it. To everyone who makes it possible I want to say thank you. Because you’re making kids like me happy and our parents happy too, by making it easier for all of us to get enough to eat.”