Despite an abundance of resources, food insecurity remains a growing problem in Charlestown. Thousands of individuals and families struggle to access affordable, healthy food on a consistent basis. Many families with school aged children are forced to rely on the school lunch program as their primary source of food throughout the year. Vacation week can be particularity challenging for these families, especially the children. Although the February Vacation Meal Pack project was a success, the number of families seeking food remains high. With your help, the Kennedy Center can help feed Charlestown children during April vacation. For just $25 you can provide a family in need with a Vacation Meal Pack AND FREE lunch during spring break!
The Kennedy Center’s Community & Family Engagement team is actively working with the Harvard-Kent and Warren Prescott Elementary Schools, the Edwards Middle School, and Charlestown High School to identify families that are struggling with food insecurity. On Friday, April 12th, the Kennedy Center will distribute “Vacation Meal Packs” to families referred by each school at dismissal. The “JFK April Vacation Meal Packs” will be filled with non-perishable food items and information about additional resources and program opportunities at the Kennedy Center and in town. Additionally, we are also offering FREE lunch and activities for school-aged children at our Community Resource Center from 12:30-2:00PM on Tuesday, April 16 – Friday, April 19 2019. “Vacation Fun Days” will feature a meal and daily family-friendly activities. This program is open to Charlestown residents only. Registration is required.
There’s 3 Easy Ways to help.
1. Donate $25 to purchase a Family Meal & Snack Pack – Visit www.kennedycenter.org/donate and click April Vacation Meal Packs or please make a check payable to:
JFK Family Service Center, Attn: Crystal Galvin. Memo Line – April Vacation packs.
2. Donate Non-perishable food items.
3. Volunteer to prep Family Meal Packs or help out during Vacation week (4/16-4/19).
For questions or more information about this important project, please contact Crystal Galvin, Director of Community Services at (617) 241-8866 x. 1352 or [email protected] today.