HomeHealthy RecipesAyesha Curry, Big Freedia and Chef Lorena Garcia Partner with No Kid Hungry to Help Kids Get Free Summer Meals
Ayesha Curry, Big Freedia and Chef Lorena Garcia Partner with No Kid Hungry to Help Kids Get Free Summer Meals
August 4, 2022
Text ‘FOOD’ or ‘FOOD’ to 304-304 to find free summer meals for kids; Awareness is critical as children could miss out on 95 million meals this summer
WASHINGTON – All children deserve a happy and healthy summer, but as communities continue to battle the effects of the pandemic, millions of children are at risk of going hungry this summer.
No Kid Hungry, a national campaign to end childhood hunger, is launching an awareness campaign to help families find free meals for their children and teens this summer through a bilingual text service. Parents, grandparents, and caregivers can simply text the word “FOOD” or “FOOD” to 304-304 to find places serving free meals in their neighborhood. Chef Lorena García, Ayesha Curry and Big Freedia join the effort as ambassadors for the campaign.
Find Free Meals: Text the word ‘FOOD’ or ‘COMIDA’ to 304-304
During the school year, children can rely on school meal programs like breakfast, lunch, and after-school meals. But when school is out, many of those meals are gone, making summer the hungriest time of year for kids and teens. This summer, rising food and fuel prices will make it especially difficult for families to put food on the table.
Free summer meal programs, run by local schools and community groups, are available and open to any child or teen in need of a healthy meal. But due to the expiration of pandemic-era child nutrition waivers, an estimated 20% fewer meal sites will be operating this summer compared to last year. Children could miss out on an estimated 95 million meals this summer. No Kid Hungry is equipping schools and community groups with resources to serve as many summer meals as possible and advocating for policies to reduce the barriers that get in the way of eating for kids during the summer.
Raising awareness of the free summer meal program is critical this year, which is why Chef Lorena Garcia, Ayesha Curry and Big Freedia are stepping up to spread the word about No Kid Hungry’s text messaging service. . They will record public service announcements, amplify on social media and more. Stay tuned to No Kid Hungry’s social channels throughout the summer for this content.
“As a chef, I know exactly how food and nutrition are linked to success and happiness,” said Lorena Garcia, chef, author, restaurateur, and television personality. “All children deserve to have a full stomach, no matter what time of year it is. I am proud to partner with No Kid Hungry to promote this critical service so that more parents and caregivers, including Spanish-speaking families, know where they can access nutritious meals for their children while school is out.”
“As a mother of three, it’s hard to fathom the fact that millions of children don’t get the food they need to thrive,” said the businesswoman, chef, two-time New York Times bestselling author, philanthropist and member. from the family of national spokespeople for No Kid Hungry, Ayesha Curry. “We all have a role to play when it comes to ending child hunger, so we must unite our peoples and work on the ground to make a real impact. I am very proud to partner with No Kid Hungry through Eat. To learn. Play. Foundation to spread the word about our critical programs that ensure every child has access to food this summer, in Oakland and across the country.”
“I’ve seen the work of No Kid Hungry and the impact of summer eats firsthand in my hometown of New Orleans,” said hip-hop artist and TV personality Big Freedia. “Children need full stomachs to grow properly and focus on being children. Summer meals give them the chance to do just that.”
To find free summer meals for youth 18 and under, text the word ‘FOOD’ or ‘COMIDA’ to 304-304 or visit NoKidHungry.org/Help. Media and the general public can also access the campaign’s suite of social media tools to help amplify the message between now and August 12.
No Kid Hungry is proud to work with partners like Citi and the Arby’s Foundation to help ensure kids have access to free meals this summer and throughout the year.
About No Child Hungry No child should go hungry in America. But in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, 1 in 6 children could go hungry this year. No Kid Hungry is working to end childhood hunger by helping launch and improve programs that give all children the healthy food they need to thrive. This is a problem we know how to solve. No Kid Hungry is a campaign by Share Our Strength, an organization committed to ending hunger and poverty. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.