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Still, it’s a pretty clever idea. According to the No Kid Hungry blog, about 1 million NYC students receive free meals each day. But only a third of them receive meals when school is out. It’s a problem seen around the country–and right here in the Fredericksburg area–most families who rely on free or reduced lunches during the school year struggle to find help throughout the summer months. I’ve talked with families who say that between the rising energy bills and grocery bills, summer is just a brutal season. Moms talk about skipping meals so their kids can eat, and kids talk about eating Ramen noodles all the time. Some children talk about going without food, too. It’s hard to hear.
In New York, officials piloted a Summer Meals Truck which brings food to parks and playgrounds in underserved communities.
Here in Fredericksburg, such a program doesn’t exist. But many area food pantries are trying to meet the needs. They’re struggling to keep food on their shelves. In summer, more families come for help. But regular donors also go on vacation and get busy, so donations drop.
Want to help?
SERVE: Food donations may be dropped off at 15 Upton Lane, across from the Stafford Courthouse, Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday, 1–4:30 p.m.
Financial donations may be mailed to: SERVE Inc., Box 1357 Stafford, Va. 22555.
To volunteer with SERVE, call 540/288-9603.
Fredericksburg Area Food Bank: To find out more about the food bank, visit fredfood.org or call 540/371-7666.
Nonperishable food can also be dropped off (and later given to the food bank) at these locations:
Electrical Equipment Company
4617 Mine Rd
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Route 17 North
774 Warrenton Rd
Fredericksburg, VA 22406
Southern Stafford County, Rt 218
43 Town and Country Dr, Suite 105 (Near Giant Food)
Fredericksburg, VA 22405
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 am to 5 pm
South Stafford Area
212 Butler Rd
Stafford, VA 22405
5700 Smith Station Rd
Fredericksburg, VA 22407