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We Need Your Help to End Summer Hunger

School's out. For many children, that means vacations, summer camp, fun at the pool, and time with friends. However, for many other children, when school ends, the season of hunger begins.  

Community Action Partnership of Orange County has a plan to do something about the nearly 17 out of every 100 Orange County children who live in poverty. When cost of housing is factored in, poverty among Orange County's children jumps to 27.8%. That means OC has the fourth highest rate of Childhood Poverty in all of California, following only Monterey/San Benito, Los Angeles, and Tulare counties.
(Source: ochealthinfo.com)

Community Action Partnership of Orange County operates several programs including the OC Food Bank that offset the negative effects of summer hunger. Our programs help meet the needs of low-income children and their families who face hunger in the summer by providing them with nutritious meals and snacks when school is not in session, physical activity programs at our two family resource centers, and continued nutrition education classes.

On behalf of the children who will spend this summer just being kids instead of being hungry, thank you.
You may be shocked to learn that nearly 1 in 4 children in Orange County depend on their school lunch for the majority of their daily nutrition  (source: ochealthinfo.com). As you know, a healthy diet helps children grow, develop, and do well in school. But for many kids, school lunch is their only guaranteed meal of the day.  


The loss of this school-based nutritious food program presents an immense challenge to parents who are already struggling to pay rent or their mortgage, and necessary utility bills.  Schools have also become leaders in obesity prevention strategies. While in school, children have access to healthy meals, nutrition education programs, and multiple outlets for physical activity. During the summer, however, children are at a higher risk of obtaining health problems due to inactivity and malnutrition.  The CDC estimates that 1 in 3 children will become diabetic and are at risk of hypertension.    

OC Food Bank | (714) 897-6670 | www.ocfoodbank.org