Philly youth need your support this summer!
Remember the bliss of school letting out for summer?
For kids and families who depend on free and reduced-cost school meals, it can be harder to enjoy the break with the pressure to provide those additional meals over the summer months. You can help us ensure kids have the food they need to stay fueled for summer activities by making a donation to support our work with Summer Meals sites throughout the five-county area.
1 in 4 kids in Philadelphia DO NOT have the food they need
The food insecurity rate for kids in Philadelphia is a staggering 25.5% - double the national average.
Food insecurity has been shown to negatively impact a child's physical health and mental development, threatening their physical ability, alertness, social capacity, and overall readiness for school and other activities. Your donation supports our live Summer Meals Hotline and our Summer Meals Site Map which connect kids and families with the nutritious food they need this summer - right in their neighborhood.
We connect families with summer meals for kids and teens
The Coalition Against Hunger began our work with Summer Meals sites in 2011 to ensure kids across the Philadelphia region maintain access to the nutritious meals and snacks that they generally receive at school while it is in session. We operate a dedicated live Summer Meals Hotline to share information about the Summer Meals program and offer help finding nearby sites for kids 18 and under. We also host a searchable Summer Meals Site Map that is updated weekly and shows all of the Summer Meals sites that are open to all children - no registration, ID, or proof of income necessary.
There is a growing need for our Summer Meals resources and services. Last summer our Summer Meals Map was used 5,211 to connect local kids with nutritious summer meals and snacks - that's more than double the amount it was used in the summer of 2021. And, we've already begun receiving calls to our Summer Meals Hotline where last year we connected families with 66 different locations where they could access free meals and snacks for school-aged kids.
Your donation ensures we can continue this important work