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The Food Bank's Free Summer Lunch Program Provides Relief for Families With Children

Irma

The free Summer Lunch Program makes a difference for families like Irma's, whose son is able to get healthy meals during the summer months.

Irma, 26, is a mother of two in Los Angeles. She says summers are harder for her family because her oldest child loses access to the school meals that he relies on to be healthy during the school year. "Healthy foods like milk, meat, fruits and vegetables are not cheap," she says.

Fortunately, because of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Irma's son receives midday meals during the summer months through the Free Summer Lunch Program. "Last year was my son's first year with the Food Bank's Summer Lunch Program and he loved it! He said they even had watermelon."

Hunger doesn't take a vacation. And even though the need for food assistance increases for families with children when school meals are unavailable, CalFresh benefits do not increase to help close this meal gap. That's why the Food Bank's Summer Lunch Program and network of partner agencies are so vital for the 1 in 4 children who might not know where their next meal is coming from.

"By providing meals for my son, you help me save money to pay other bills," says Irma. "Without the Summer Lunch Program and other Food Bank programs, I think more people in my community would struggle."

This year, the Food Bank's Summer Lunch Program will feed more than 3,000 children from food-insecure homes. "Your effort and generosity have really paid off for people like my family and me," says Irma. "As a parent, I am extremely grateful."

Your gifts make a world of difference for families like Irma's. Discover how you can ensure we can continue providing our valuable programs into the future. Contact Roger Castle at 323-234-3030 x147 or rcastle@lafoodbank.org to get started.