Who doesn’t love summertime? It’s a beautifully cherished time — from trips to the pool, to picnics at the beach, to refreshing lemonade or watermelon on a warm day. There’s just something about the weather warming up and our families slowing down.
For many, summer is a time to relax and refresh after a long school year of hard work. But unfortunately, for 1 in 4 kids across our region, summer comes with challenges no child should ever have to face.
Hunger is a critical issue in our community — 365 days a year, come summer showers or sunshine. But when school ends, tens of thousands of children across our communities suddenly lose access to school breakfast and lunch. That’s two-thirds of the daily meals they can otherwise rely on during the school year.
With your help, this summer will be different. While Feeding Tampa Bay nourishes children and families in our region year-round, you can help us fill the gap by supporting our dedicated summer programs like Cereal for Summer and Summer Feeding Meal Sites. And this year, we’re rallying our community to help #FeedSummerMemories!
3 Ways You Can Feed Summer Memories
We compiled this fun, exciting list for you and your family to give local children a summer to remember:
- Volunteer as a Family
My whole family reps their #StandWithFTB pride, and we love volunteering together. Not only do we get quality time together as a family, but we all experience the rewarding feeling that comes with making our community a happier, healthier place.
Give Time, Together: FeedingTampaBay.org/Volunteer
- Be Cooler and Donate
Wouldn’t you like to cart around your summer snacks — from beach to pool to patio party — in style? When you donate $50, you will gift a reusable lunch bag full of healthy food to a child at a local Boys & Girls Club. In return, you will get an identical cooler bag as a thank-you! You can capture some of your family’s favorite summer memories this season while also fueling fun and memories for another local family.
Provide Summer Happiness: FeedingTampaBay.org/Summer
- Play with Purpose at Glazer Children’s Museum
We’re partnering with Glazer Children’s Museum (GCM) to bring produce distributions to the museum’s Free Tuesdays event, the first Tuesday of each month this summer. You can help propel these healthy summer memories with a $100 donation — and to thank you, you will receive a free child’s ticket with proof of donation and with the purchase of an adult ticket next time you visit!
Nourish Summer Memories: FeedingTampaBay.org/Summer
Whether your family activates one of these ideas or you find your own creative ways to support Feeding Tampa Bay, every bit of effort and act of advocacy goes a long way. Tell us how you’re helping #FeedingSummerMemories on social media and help us give local children and families a summer to remember!
About the Author: Andrea Kitchen serves as Community Engagement Manager for Feeding Tampa Bay. By using elevated brand strategies to enhance inspired participation, Andrea is an accomplished marketer, designer, strategist and speaker with over 10 years of experience in community-based nonprofits. Her passion for intergenerational philanthropy and creative communication fuels her work and intensifies her mission.
Andrea and her husband, Mark, are the proud parents of two rowdy, amazing boys, Aiden and Gavin, and their family resides in the beautiful Wesley Chapel area. #BoyMomStatus