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ConAgra Foods 2013 Hunger-Free Summer for Kids

*Disclosure: This post is brought to you by ConAgra Foods and The Motherhood, and I’ve been compensated for my time. All opinions are honest and my own.

For many of us, summer means swimming pools and family reunions and lazy days with lots of choices. But for the 21.5 million kids who rely on free or reduced-price meals during the school year, summer could mean a time of limited access to food and greater struggles with daily hunger.

ConAgra Foods has made fighting child hunger a part of its company mission and culture. In fact, for the past 20 years, ConAgra has partnered with Feeding America to ensure that programs addressing domestic hunger are necessarily funded, including a $10 million commitment to summer hunger support through the Hunger-Free Summer program.

ConAgra Foods Feeding America Hunger Free Summer 2013

Of the 21.5 million kids I mentioned who rely on free or reduced-price meals during the school year, only 2.3 million participate in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Why the huge gap? ConAgra cites a variety of reasons:

  • Low Awareness: Families may not know about the programs that are available in their area.
  • Geographic Barriers: Children may not be able to get to summer meal programs because of a lack of transportation or because they live in rural areas.
  • Limited availability of summer meal programs: Whether a lack of awareness of the federal program, or a lack of resources to operate feeding programs (volunteers, feeding sites and partners), these seasonal programs aren’t available in certain communities.

ConAgra has come up with a few ways to address these challenges and create more access to food for needy children during the summer months.

Spread the Word

We – you and me, together – can help by spreading the word about ConAgra’s Hunger-Free Summer program. Tell friends, families, teachers, and community leaders you know about this initiative to address domestic child hunger during the summer.

Hunger-Free Summer Grants for Food Banks

This summer, 29 food banks in 20 states will use Hunger-Free Summer grants – ranging from $20,000 to $50,000 – to overcome barriers. Find a food bank near you using the Feeding America Food Bank Locator.

View and Share to Donate

Actor Chris O’Donnell has joined with ConAgra to bring awareness to the Hunger-Free Summer Program. Together, they have produced this video and every time it is viewed or shared, ConAgra will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America.

ConAgra Foods Feeding America Chris ODonnell View and Share to Donate

Could it be any simpler than that to donate a meal to a child in need this summer? I don’t think so! Just watch and share the video, and you’ll be helping donate to Feeding America.

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