Food Bank of the Rockies

June 2023


Food for Kids

Summer Meal Program Fuels Kids 

When School is Out

Ensuring that children in our community have enough to eat is always a top priority for Food Bank of the Rockies, and meeting that need becomes an even more prescient challenge during the summer months. 

“During the school year, many children regularly receive breakfast and lunch through their schools. But once school is out for the summer, the need for consistent and balanced meals increases significantly,” said Food for Kids Manager Kodi Phelps. “The Summer Food Service Program plays a significant role in combating ‘summer slump’ and ensuring that children are receiving all of the nutrition they need in order to set them up for success when they return in the fall.” 

To make sure the children in our community continue to have access to food when school is out of session, we partner with the USDA Summer Food Service Program, which provides caregivers access to free, nutritious meals for kids. Through this program, Food Bank of the Rockies provides upwards of 2,900 nutritious meals daily to Hunger Relief Partners to distribute across Colorado and Wyoming.

Fighting childhood food insecurity has always been a complicated process, but you can make a difference. We encourage you to make a donation, become a monthly donor, or volunteer with us as you’re able to help nourish the kids in our communities. Together, we can one day banish childhood hunger to the realm of fiction.

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“I see the immediate impact of the sorting and boxing [of food] we do at the distribution center measured in the number of meals provided. I also get to work alongside a wonderful group of regular volunteers who are friendly, interesting, and committed. I truly get the gifts that volunteering provides.”

 – Barbara Shecter, 45th Avenue Distribution Center volunteer 

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