United Against Hunger

 

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UWGCR has been dedicated to addressing childhood hunger since 2013.

Local data to New York's Capital Region shows that out of the 48,000 children who eat free/reduced price meals during the school year, only 1 in 7 access free summer meals. Launched and led by United Way of the Greater Capital Region in 2013, the Summer Meals Collaborative is a cross-section of health and human service providers, policy advocates and government agencies that set out to bridge this gap by increasing the number of meal sites and starting alternate methods of meal delivery. 

In 2019, the Collaborative served 240,834 meals and increased the capacity to serve meals by 230% since inception. 

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. For example, with increased funding in 2018, the Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area served 300% more meals than they did in 2017.  Likewise, the Regional Food Bank served twice as many families as they did in 2017. 

WHY IT IS IMPORTANT

  • In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, some Summer Meals sites are anticipating a 400% increase from last year in the number of families needing meals. 

  • Lack of nutritious food, especially at an early age, can have long-lasting effects on education and development.

  • For a working family struggling to make ends meet, adding the expense of additional meals during the summer can create an overwhelming financial burden. On average, paying for summer lunches can cost a family an additional $200 per month per child.

2019 SUMMER MEALS STATS:

2019 Goal: Serve 230,000 meals  |  Meals Served: 240,834 meals  |  Operating Sites: 105  |  Kids Served: 4,816*  |  Growth: 8% from 2018

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

*Meals served divided by 50