food insecurityDid you know that 1 in 5 kids in the Mid-South is food insecure? That means they don’t know where their next meal is coming from. You can help bring security to a child by giving to Summer Nutrition at the Art Garden in Binghampton. The summer months are especially difficult for food insecure children because they don’t have the opportunity to eat breakfast and lunch at school.

Furthermore, Binghampton is considered a food desert — meaning there is not a nearby grocery store making nutritious food available. Many families do not have reliable transportation to easily get to a grocery store, making getting healthy food that much harder. Instead they rely on what they can get at corner stores.

What children eat impacts the adults they will become. Children who don’t get enough good food are underweight. Children who rely mainly on unhealthy food become overweight. Both lead to developmental issues both physically and mentally.

Christ Church is partnering with the Mid-South Food Bank to supply meals for around 50 children in Binghampton. That is around 3,000 meals provided to kids who need food. Each week, they will get a box that will contain at least six self-serving meals including fresh produce. Each box costs $7. Participating children ranging in ages from preschool to high school will come to the Carpenter Art Garden to receive their boxes. In conjunction with pick-up times, there will also be food educational programming including cooking classes, gardening demonstrations and other nutrition-related activities.

You can make a world of difference by giving! Simply write Summer Nutrition on your check’s memo line and give this Sunday!

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