We were honored to be amongst five Feeding America food banks attending a special announcement at Giant Food’s Tivoli Square store in Washington, D.C. yesterday. Giant has committed $2.8 million over the next three years to help alleviate childhood hunger in Delaware, Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
We are so thankful for Giant’s commitment to a hunger-free community, especially for our children. Thanks to Giant’s generosity, we will be able to provide an additional 34,000 meals to 248 children at risk of hunger this summer through our Grab and Go meal program.
Our Grab and Go program complements the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a federal program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and administered here in Delaware by the Department of Education. We started our Grab and Go format in Summer 2011. We collaborated with the Delaware Department of Education to secure the largest of the USDA Pilot Program grants awarded across the country in the amount of $404,216. The grant funded an innovative alternative to traditional summer nutrition programs enabling more children from low-income households in rural communities to access healthy food during the summer months.
For many children, when school ends for summer vacation so does access to healthy meals. Providing adequate nutrition during the 10-week summer vacation is a challenge for children who have limited to no access to traditional summer nutrition programs. Many children in rural settings are unable to benefit from the meals provided at traditional SFSP meal distribution sites.With traditional SFSP programs children are required to eat their meal onsite, however; with the Grab and Go program, children are able to pick up their meal from a central location in their neighborhood or apartment complex to bring home to enjoy!
Children receive two meals per day seven days a week. Last year we distributed close to 90,000 meals to children during a 10-week period! Thanks to Giant’s support, our summer Grab and Go program will continue to close the meal gap for children who are unable to participate in the traditional SFSP.
To learn more about our Summer Nutrition Program, please contact Amanda Good, Children’s Nutrition Program Coordinator, at (302) 444-8128 or firstname.lastname@example.org.