Spring Break is meant to be a fun time for students to kick back and relax… but that’s hard to do when you don’t have enough to eat. For the families in our housing and education programs, Spring Break can be a challenge, because most of the kids in these programs normally receive free or reduced-price lunches at school. With school being closed, the families were forced to try to come up with 7 more meals than they normally would have at home… no small task for the families in our program who all live at the federal poverty level.
That’s why we were so delighted to team up with BB&T as one of their Lighthouse Project partners this year. This amazing group of volunteers came in and stuffed 60 bags of emergency food for the kids in our program to eat during Spring Break, alleviating the effects of food insecurity and letting kids enjoy their time off from school.
To get the whole story, check it out in the Zebra (http://thezebra.org/community-lodgings-bbt-team-up-to-provide-emergency-food-packs-for-kids-during-spring-break/) and the Alexandria Gazette Packet (http://www.alexandriagazette.com/news/2017/apr/19/lighting-way-alexandria/).