While many elementary school-aged children can’t wait for the summer months when school is out to be able to play all day, go swimming and perhaps have a nice vacation with their families, for many low-income children on free- and reduced-lunches programs, it can be a time of hunger. That’s why our project Americans Helping Americans® in Applalachia partners with numerous organizations in Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia with our Summer Food Program.
This summer alone, we are providing a total of 46,000 sandwiches to six of our partner organizations. And no, these aren’t bologna or tuna fish sandwiches served cold, but bacon, egg and cheese, southwest chicken and vegetable, creamy chicken and vegetable and even a sausage pizza sandwich served piping hot from the microwave – likely the only hot meal the child will receive that day.
Working with a vendor which specializes in developing nutritious meals for food banks and non-profits across the country, Christian Relief Services’ project Americans Helping Americans® in Appalachia is able to provide the summer food for the children in the most affordable way possible. For the kids, however, the best thing about the sandwiches is simply that they taste good.