For many children summer is the hungriest time of the year. School is out of session and many students do not have access to the free or reduced meals they receive during the school year.
While government feeding programs are available during the summer on weekdays, regular meals might not be available over the summer weekends. In Denton County alone this could affect 38,970 children who are designated as “food insecure,” meaning they lack reliable access to a sufficient quantity of food.
This summer, Lewisville-based Christian Community Action (CCA) will take action to fill this gap by providing a bag of nonperishable food to children who might not have a reliable source of food over the summer weekends. Included in the bag will be canned fruit and vegetables, protein based items, snacks and breakfast food.
CCA’s goal is to provide 600 children with a “Bag of Blessings” over a 10-week period this summer that started June 10. The bags will be distributed on Friday afternoons at locations where children receive free meals during the weekdays.
To help meet this goal, CCA has reached out to the community to not only volunteer for this program, but also to help fund this program. One such group that has taken the initiative to serve and fund the program is the Rotary Club of Flower Mound.
Members of the Flower Mound Rotary Club volunteered on Thursday at CCA to help sort and bag food for the Bag of Blessings program. The members also presented CCA officials with a $3,000 check to help fund the program.
“We are so grateful for the support of the Rotary Club of Flower Mound,” Tina Corbett, director of development for CCA, said. “With the funds and the volunteer effort provided by the rotary members, we will make sure that children have food over the summer weekends.”
CCA is hopeful that the community will join the Rotary Club of Flower Mound in supporting the Bag of Blessings program. Sponsors are needed to help offset the cost of food. The cost to sponsor one child over the 10-week period this summer will be $80.
For more information about the Bag of Blessings program or to sponsor a child for the summer please go to www.ccahelps.org or call 972.219.4318.