School's Out for the Summer,
but for Many Kids Hunger Remains

Summer can be a hungry time for children in families struggling to make ends meet. School’s out, so the kids aren’t receiving free or reduced-price meals they rely upon from school cafeterias during the academic year. If they’re home alone while their parents are working, feeding themselves can be a challenge.

Throughout the 21 counties and seven cities of the Diocese of Arlington, 203,040 people don’t know where their next meal is coming from, and one in four of those are children.

Sister "Annie" Aniliza P. Juan, SNDS, the volunteer coordinator at Catholic Charities Christ House food pantry, is seeking volunteers to help provide meal packs this summer to children in need of food. These gallon-sized bags contain easy-to-open items like macaroni and cheese, canned pasta, tuna, fruit cups, and granola bars. A personal greeting card is included with each meal.