Summer is here, and children are smiling as they breathe in the fresh air and look forward to days full of laughter with friends. But for many Sunnyvale children, summer is also a time of anxiety. Here in Silicon Valley, one in four children are at risk of hunger. They depend on school meal programs for their basic nutrition, and during the summer months when schools are closed, they are missing meals. For over 25 years, SCS has provided additional kid-friendly food each summer to families enrolled in our food program. This summer promises to be our biggest year yet, with more families than ever struggling with dramatically rising costs of staples like milk, eggs, and cereal.
In August, we look forward to providing each family not only with much needed groceries, but also with a special box for each child stuffed with age-appropriate school supplies. Each child also receives a $100 Target gift card, enabling families to choose exactly what they need to start the school year. Our drive-through Ready to Learn program will serve a record number of 2,000 Sunnyvale students as they prepare for a new school year.
Our summertime program helps families stretch their money so they can pay the rent and keep the lights on. It also aims to keep smiles on young faces, so that instead of worrying about whether they will have enough food to eat, they can spend their time laughing and playing outside in the bright summer sunshine. Thank you for supporting our most precious Sunnyvale neighbors.
Marketing and Communications Specialist, Sunnyvale Community Services