KSTP Summer Harvest for Kids
Few people are able to stretch $1 into three meals, but this year KSTP’s Summer Harvest for Kids partners are able to do just that.
Of the 532,000 people Second Harvest Heartland serves, more than 33 percent are under 18 years old. With more than 328,500 students in Minnesota relying on free or reduced-priced lunches through the National School Meal Program, only about 15 percent access a meal program during the summer months.
That’s where the KSTP Summer Harvest for Kids campaign comes in.
Tomorrow – from 4:30 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. – KSTP hopes to raise $100,000 for Minnesotan children. Donations will also be doubled with matches throughout the day, turning your $25 donation into a $50 donation!
Lisa is one such parent whose children benefit from food assistance programs. Donating $25 will feed a child, like Lisa’s, for the entire summer.
“The food assistance helps my family a lot. I have a family of four and we can’t afford much with our limited income. This box of food lets me feed my kids for an extra two weeks,” she said.
Having access to healthy foods keeps children out of the doctor’s office, allowing them to play and grow. That’s why our partner, HCMC, is packing 600 bags of food to give out at over 30 units throughout the hospital.
Dr. Diana Cutts, who is leading HCMC’s food campaign, says “food is medicine.” She believes that having healthy foods available for all will keep kids outside, playing for longer.
“It's hard to be healthy if you're hungry,” Dr. Cutts told KSTP. “Kids who have limited access to healthy food are more likely to be sick, they're more likely to be in the hospital, and their illnesses last longer.”
To make a donation, and a difference, call the phone bank between 4:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. tomorrow at 651.646.1699 or donate online.
If you are looking for food assistance for your kids this summer, call the MN Food Helpline at 1-888-711-1151 or find a meal site near you at 2harvest.org/summerfood.