Friday, July 8, 2011

YMSL helps provide sack lunches to kids in need through support of Seven Loaves Food Pantry in Plano, TX

A note from Janet Collinsworth, Executive Director:

"THANKS to the Keg Steakhouse & Bar for their generosity and commitment to improving lives in our community and THANKS to the hundreds of passionate supporters of the Seven Loaves Food Pantry & Community Center - the SEVEN LOAVES SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAM PLACED FIRST IN TEXAS VOTING and received a generous grant of $25,000 from The Keg Steakhouse & Bar.

THANKS TO YOU the Seven Loaves Food Pantry & Community Center along with Plano Independent Schools, Plano Jr. League, National Charity League, Young Mens Service League, Boy Scouts, Girls Scounts and hundreds of volunteers, there will be over 17,000 healthy sack lunches provided to children in Collin County who are at risk of going without enough food this summer.

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There are over 55,000 children enrolled in PISD for the 2010-2011 school year of which approximately 10,000, or about 18%, participate in the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program (SBP/NSLP). The SBP/NSLP are federally assisted meal programs operating in public, non-profit private schools and residential child care institutions. Very often, these meals are the primary - or only - sustenance these children receive. These children are food insecure. According to the USDA, food insecurity is limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways (that is, without resorting to emergency food supplies, scavenging, stealing, or other coping strategies). During the school year, SBP/NSLP help fight food insecurity for children. But what happens when school is not in session? On weekends and during the summer and holiday breaks, these children are at risk of not having enough, or perhaps anything, to eat each day.

Your support of the Summer Lunch Program is helping to provide kids in need with lunch this summer so they can stay healthy and be ready for school to start this fall. Thanks so much for your support. "

All the best to you and yours,
Janet Collinsworth, Executive Director
Seven Loaves Food Pantry & Community Center