CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - The end of the school year bring big smiles to most kids as summer break begins. But for kids at risk of hunger, the end of school, means the end of healthy meals they get every day.
That is why today, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, launched this year’s Summer Feeding Program for Children.
“Since 1981 our number one goal is to make sure children are not hungry,” Kay Carter told us at today’s launch.
The CEO of Second Harvest described just how great the need is for kids across their 19-county service area across the Carolinas.
“The need is great. 180,000 children are living in, or at, the poverty line in our region. 44,000 here in Mecklenburg county. Think about it, that is 18 percent of our children in Mecklenburg alone. This is one of the most affluent counties, if not THE most affluent in our state. Yet we still have eighteen percent of children living in poverty. That’s why we want to draw attention to it. And help them,” Carter said.
Several partner agencies presented checks today for Second Harvest’s Summer Feeding Program, including Assistance League of Charlotte, Albemarle Foundation/ Grow the Good, Golden State Foods Foundation, and Hendrick Automotive Group and Hendrick Cares.
The donations totaled just over one hundred and fifty-eight thousand dollars.
“What better investment can you make than making sure our children are fed and not only fed, but fed healthy meals,” Carter said of the donations.
Christine Eubanks is Senior Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for Hendrick Automotive Group.
“We help year-round. But we know that hunger is a problem every day! So, the summer programs are really important.”
Hendrick has sponsored fourteen Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools for several years. This summer ten of those schools will be open to provide lunches, and on Friday’s give kids back packs filled with food for the weekend.
“Just knowing they don't have to worry about a meal or where food is coming from helps them to thrive. That’s what we really want across our community,” Eubanks said of Hendrick’s dedication to Second Harvest.
“I think any time you can do something good for a child, any time you can give a child a better start, a healthier meal, it makes them better equipped to learn! It makes them healthier. They become healthier adults! So, I don't personally think there is anything more important than feeding a hungry child,” Carter said of Second Harvest’s year-round efforts to help kids at risk of hunger across our area.
To learn more about the Summer Feeding Program, visit their site online.
You can also donate money, food, and even learn how you can help their efforts to make sure no one in our community faces a day hungry.