The holidays should be a joyful time of year, especially for kids. But for many in Indianapolis, they are the most stressful.
When class is not in session, many students don’t get the wholesome meals and nutrition they depend on from school lunches and after-school programs like ours.
This year, we expanded our partnerships with schools and community centers to make sure that the kids we serve can count on a scratch-made meal, even during school breaks.
One in five students we serve comes from a family that struggles to put dinner on the table at night.
This means kids may fill their bellies with unhealthy, processed food from the convenience store or worse, they go to bed hungry.
According to Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) superintendent Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee, kids with poor nutrition are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression and their cognitive development can be impacted.
No child deserves to be hungry, especially during the holidays.
With your support, students in Indianapolis will receive tasty, nutritious after-school meals and hands-on education that gets them excited about cooking and eating healthy food. To get involved or make a secure donation, visit our Get Involved page.