Summer Food Service Program: Providing Meals When Schools Don’t

Throughout Appalachia, there are untold thousands of low-income children who rely on free and reduced price lunches when school is in session – often the only nutritious, filling meal they will receive all day.

But what about when school is out for the summer?

In West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and elsewhere, thanks to your compassion and generosity, Americans Helping Americans® is able to support programs such as summer camps where children can get a much needed meal that they would not otherwise get at home. Such is the case with summer camps operated by our partner Big Creek People in Action in War, West Virginia, and Cumberland Mountain Outreach in Beattyville, Kentucky, where, in addition to participating in fun, learning activities and making new friends, they are also assured of having at least one good meal a day.

As we have been sharing with you in recent weeks, Americans Helping Americans® is raising money today in support of a unique and innovative “Lunch Bus” Summer Food Service Program operated by our partner in Rogersville, Tennessee, which has acquired used school buses – not to bring the children to lunch, but to bring lunch to the children in rural areas of Hawkins County.

We hope you will join us in partnership with Of One Accord to keep those buses running this summer, delivering meals to about 300 children each day. The children are counting on all of us.