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United Way has been dedicated to addressing childhood hunger since 2013. The local data shows that out of the 42,000 children who eat free/reduced price meals during the school year, only 1 in 7 accessed free summer meals.
United Way and its partners set out to bridge this gap by increasing the number of meal sites and starting alternate methods of meal delivery. While we have made great strides in the number of meals served and the number of at-risk children reached, we can still do more when we Live United.
In 2016 we added two new partners, Troy Boys and Girls Club which served 8,604 meals and Refugee and Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus (RISSE). With United Way funding, RISSE increased their meals served by 10%; Troy Boys and Girls Club increased their meals by 39%.
In 2018, with a generous grant from Hannaford Supermarkets, our partner agencies received additional funding with a goal to increase meals served, to strengthen community outreach and to connect with the teen population.
2018 SUMMER MEALS STATS:
2018 Goal: Serve 215,393 meals
Meals Served: 222,677 meals
Operating Sites: 104
Kids Served: 4,433*
Growth: 6% from 2017