Thank you for making bellies full this summer!
I spent some time with one of my younger cousins this past weekend, and she told me that she was looking forward to going back to school next week. Apparently some kids get tired of the time off. She said she mostly misses the fun parts like hanging out with her friends, but I personally can’t remember ever feeling eager to get back in a desk. I remember creating paper chain link countdowns to get me through the last few weeks of school. I looked forward to time off to read what I wanted to read, to play outside all day and especially to let my alarm clock collect dust for a little while. I loved summer break.
For over 350,000 kids across Greater Atlanta, I imagine those emotions are different. Because for those kids, the start of summer break brings the risk of food insecurity. These kids rely on free and reduced lunch during the school year, and without that meal, sometimes their parents struggle to keep their bellies full.
Every kid should have the right to enjoy summer break. Every kid should be able to enjoy being a kid. It’s hard to do that when you aren’t sure if you’re getting lunch that day.
That’s why United Way of Greater Atlanta started the Silence the Growl campaign. We decided that 1 in 5 kids facing the daily possibility of missing a meal when they should be enjoying their summer break just wasn’t going to fly with us.
We set a goal to provide 60,000 meals to our kids this summer. We surpassed our goal and managed to get 65,481 meals in hungry bellies all across our thirteen counties.
We didn’t do this alone. We have some incredible partners to thank for what we accomplished this year.
And a special shout out to Enterprise whose employees — with the help of Sysco, Delta Air Lines, Allscripts, Flower Food and Mondelez —banded together and made more than 25,000 meals this year. After providing 15,000 last year, they’re showing each and every year how we should all strive to go above and beyond. Watch the video here.
We also owe thanks to our distribution and volunteer partners, including Action Ministries and MUST Ministries. We couldn’t accomplish this, and so much else, without our partnerships.
And to all of you who bought a lunch this summer through our Silence the Growl campaign, Greater Atlanta’s kids thank you for a great summer.
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