Our Summer Club program provides breakfast and lunch for children who traditionally rely on their school’s free and reduced-price school meals programs during the school year. Host sites for the program are located strategically in low-income communities and include network partner agencies, schools, and community-based organizations like The Boys & Girls Club. This program is part of MFB Kids™, a youth outreach initiative sponsored by Giant that seeks to provide children with the nutrition needed to grow healthy and strong.
How do Summer Clubs work?
Summer Clubs are held during the summer at established community organizations, where children feel happy and safe. In between arts and crafts, sports and other activities, children receive nutritious breakfasts and lunches. Clubs are held at or near schools with 50 percent or more participation in the free and reduced-price meal program to target the most food-insecure communities. Offering a safe space, friends and fun, Summer Clubs ensure that kids can be kids during the summer months, giving them a chance to grow healthy and return to school ready to learn and succeed.
Why do we need Summer Clubs?
Childhood hunger becomes most acute during the summer, according to the U.S.D.A.
Nationwide, only 3 million kids have access to free lunch and breakfast during the summer, as opposed to the 21 million who receive these meals during the school year.
Many kids also lose access to physical education programs and extracurricular activities during the summer.
After a summer without adequate nutrition or physical activity, students return to school disadvantaged and poised for failure.
What sets MFB Summer Clubs apart from similar programs?
Simple: our meals are prepared fresh daily by professional chefs and students enrolled in FoodWorks, the Maryland Food Bank’s culinary training program. FoodWorks chefs work with local produce, healthy meats and other nutritious ingredients to produce kids’ meals of the highest quality. Coupling healthy ingredients with kid-friendly menu items, all FoodWorks meals adhere to the strict nutritional guidelines mandated by the U.S.D.A.