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Poverty is the single greatest threat to children’s well-being according to the National Center for Children in Poverty. Hunger and poverty go hand-in-hand and both are a real problem here in Southwest Louisiana.
In an effort to work together to end child hunger, United Way of Southwest Louisiana partners with the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury and City of Lake Charles Summer Feeding Programs by creating Weekend Food Packs so children in the programs have healthy and easy-to-eat foods over the weekend. United Way of Southwest Louisiana works with local companies, organizations and groups to collect food for Weekend Food Packs.
5 out of 6 children who participate in an in-school lunch program do not receive meals during the summer. Many of these same children go without food on the weekends during school. Summer can be very difficult for at-risk kids without access to school-lunch programs so Summer Feeding Programs are provided. Weekend feeding is taken up by United Way of Southwest Louisiana by providing the programs with a bag of meals and snacks that administrators can give to each child to take home on Friday.
Our goal will be that all 6,000 Weekend Food Packs be as identical as possible. Below are required items that carry and store well in the bags.
As a result of our generous donors and volunteers, we were able to send a grand total of 6,200 Weekend Food Packs to the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury and City of Lake Charles' Summer Feeding Program sites in 2018! Help us reach that goal again in 2019!
Single-serve, individually wrapped items only:
(beans & franks, beefy mac, mac n’ cheese, ravioli, spaghettios)
Individual Peanut Butter
Boxes of Raisins
Individual Boxes of Cereal
DROP OFFS CAN BE MADE THROUGH APRIL, 2020 AT UNITED WAY OF SWLA:
United Way of SWLA
815 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, LA
For more information, call us at (337) 433-1088
For 81 years, United Way of Southwest Louisiana has been committed to building strong, successful families and strengthening our community.