Spring Break Can Be Heartbreaking for Hungry Kids

The clock springs forward and the days get longer. Green shoots pop up in the flower beds and the birds chirp a little louder, signaling a change in season.  Today is the first day of spring and for most of us, it’s a happy shift to warmer weather.  For many kids, it means a week off from school and a vacation from studies.

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But for 1 in 4 Colorado kids, it can also mean a vacation from school meals and after school feeding programs, which is no vacation at all. Having nourishment is critical for developing and growing kids. A child going hungry in this land of plenty is simply unacceptable, yet every day, there are too many children who don’t have enough food, especially during the breaks from school.

One of our volunteers recently shared her story with us. She said her parent made “bad choices” when she was a child, forcing her and her siblings to live in shelters and always wonder if they’d have a meal.  She remembers dreading school breaks because that could mean going hungry.  She also remembers getting food through programs like Totes of Hope™ – Children, After School Snacks and Kids Cafe.  “I was too little to really know where the food came from but I was always so happy to be able to eat a good meal or bring something home to share with my family. Now I know it come from places like Food Bank of the Rockies and I want to give back because I know how important those programs were to helping me succeed in life.”

You can help make sure Colorado kids have enough to eat this spring break and all year long by making a gift to our children’s programs and Fighting Hunger Feeding Hope. Thank you for caring about our hungry kids and their families. Hunger knows no season.  We appreciate your support!