The aim of the Feed and Read Program is to reduce hunger and reading loss during the summer months. The Feed and Read program provides nutrition, mentoring, and free books to low income children during the summer school break.
By mobilizing a network of community centers and churches United Way runs Feed and Read sites open to the public during the summer. Each site provided lunch for the children, half through the USDA Break Spot program and the other by utilizing their own center’s kitchen resources. Some centers may require participation in the program to work with the mentors, but all public sites will provide books and meal packs weekly.
United Way also has reading mentors who volunteer at the Feed and Read sites. They provided one-on-one and group reading opportunities and encouraged independent summer reading. Each child will receive reading-level appropriate books to keep as a personal library.
Last summer a total of 36,000 books were provided to the 4,000 participating children. To complement the Feed and Read effort, Project Hunger funds were used to purchase more than 8,000 back-pack meals that the neediest children received for at-home consumption. In addition, thanks to Project Hunger, we were able to give out fresh fruits and veggies!