Summer may be a joyful season for many, but this time of year poses a triple threat for the Harry Chapin Food Bank. During the summer when schools are closed, jobs decline, and produce is scarce, we need the most support.
Today, 46,470 children in Southwest Florida rely on free or reduced-price school meals for breakfast and lunch. But now that school has ended, these children will lose those regular meals—greatly increasing their risk of going hungry.
Families must then replace those missing meals, which can be especially difficult when tourism-based jobs slow down for the season and more individuals face unemployment. The summer months often push these struggling families into further hardship.
Furthermore, fresh produce becomes increasingly difficult for the food bank to procure. Once Florida's growing season ends, we must source produce from outside the state and pay more in travel expenses. Those added costs put a real strain on our resources.
When each of these factors comes into play—no school, fewer jobs, little produce—we face our toughest months of the year. That's why we need your help to overcome summer's triple threat to feed children and families in our community.
Please make a gift today and help us provide our hungry neighbors with enough to eat this summer. No matter how much you donate, every $1 you give will be turned into $8 worth of food.
Thank you for helping us feed our community this summer and every day of the year.