Lounging in the sun…riding bikes…swimming…cookouts…perhaps a trip to the beach?
As we reflect on the end of summer vacation, it is important to note that summer vacation is a gift for many people. Meanwhile, many children do not look forward to summer vacations for one simple reason—Hunger.
Food insecurity is spreading throughout York County. According to Feeding America, there are nearly 50,000 people in York County who are food insecure, which means they do not have a consistent supply of and access to adequate food. Did you know that:
- An estimated 17,500 children in York County do not have a consistent supply of nutritious food, leaving 40% of school age children in York County hungry.
- All but one school district in York County saw a double-digit increase in the percentage of families who qualify for free meals at school.
- According to the U.S. Census, 100% of the students in the York City School District were eligible for free breakfast and lunch in the 2015-16 school year.
Hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation. As more and more children rely on free meals at school, this means that many students go hungry on the weekends and during the summer without the support of the free or reduced lunch programs. No school means no meals for these children.
This problem of not having a sufficient food supply at home will not go away on its own, but you can help wipe out hunger and allow York County children to look forward to the school year and hunger-free weekends this fall.
One of the ways you can help is by supporting our Iron Chef event. Four local chefs will vie for the Iron Chef title by transforming simple foods often found at the York County Food Bank pantry into nutritious and delicious meals. Attendees at the event will vote for the best appetizer, entrée and dessert.
Mark your calendars now and plan to attend this fun-filled event on October 23, 2017 at the Country Club of York at 5:30 p.m.
Reserve your table now, before it is sold out! http://yorkfoodbank.org/iron-chef-sponsorship-tickets/