Summ’re Hungry effort aims to stock pantries to feed Ingham County kids
To help feed Ingham County kids and others across the state this summer, Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel (MARSP) is partnering with Food Bank Council of Michigan (FBCM) to raise donations for its online “Summ’re Hungry” campaign.
When school is out for summer and there is no access to school lunches, some kids may go hungry. Donations to food banks tend to lessen in spring and summer, compared to fall and the holiday season, so food pantry shelves may be unstocked. Nearly 15,000 Ingham County children live in poverty and are “food insecure,” according to Department of Health and Human Services.
“As former school personnel, our members saw firsthand that some kids came to school hungry and worried how they would be fed during the summer,” says Mark Guastella, MARSP executive director. “Many of our local chapters have had food drives for years, but now we’ve taken the effort statewide.”
Adams Outdoor Advertising donated five billboards to promote the effort throughout the Lansing area. MARSP accepts monetary donations through its website (www.marsp.org) which go to FBCM to purchase food in volume and distribute it to local food pantries.
“Donations are needed just as much now as around the holidays so that we can keep local food pantries stocked,” says Phil Knight, FBCM executive director. “Some schools have summer feeding programs but they rely on food banks for food supplies. Hunger doesn’t take summer vacation.”
MARSP is an independent, non-partisan association of more than 40,000 retired public school employees, founded in 1951 to protect member pension and health care benefits.