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, The 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%.
Since United Way began funding and supporting Summer Meals in 2013, there has been a 254% increase in meals served!