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School's Out Summer Lunches Are In

School's Out – Summer Lunches Are In


At Open Table we know summer vacation has a big impact on the food needs of many families. Families rely on school meals – meals that are no longer provided when school is out. In response, we offer our Fuel Up for Summer program to help fill the summer meal gap. We prepare kid-friendly lunch trays and make them available through all of our pantry programs. Working with community groups and engaged volunteers, we create Kids Bags that contain snacks and quick meals in beautifully decorated bags for our youngest guests.

You can help! Your gift of $100 will provide lunches for a child all summer long! 

“The kids love, love, love the kids bags and lunch packs…”

– a thankful parent

Get Kids Back to Just Being Kids

When school is out, many kids lose access to free lunches. That’s where Open Table’s Summer Lunch Program can help. Your $100 donation will give a child lunches through the Summer. Give today and let kids get back to just being kids!

30 percent of Open Table clients are children

More Families Visiting Open Table

Grocery prices are up, rent and energy costs are rising, all while some emergency benefits are ending. So far in our fiscal year, 87% of new households coming to Open Table have children 17 and under. Overall the number of individuals and families seeking assistances is up 69%, and 30% of the people we serve are children under 18 years of age.

No child should spend their summer break stressed about where their next meal will come from. Are you ready to make a difference in the lives of families struggling with food insecurity? Join us today and let’s fight hunger together, one family at a time!

Child-Level Food Insecurity

The Greater Boston Food Bank’s fourth annual state-wide report reveals that 1 in 3 Massachusetts households experienced child-level food insecurity, meaning a child was hungry, skipped a meal, or did not eat for a whole day because there wasn’t enough money for food. These numbers grow in minority communities: around half of LGBTQ+ (53 percent) households and Hispanic (48 percent) and 41 percent of Black households.

Greater Boston Food Bank 2024 Report Figure 1 - Food Insecurity in Massachusetts
Open Table Summer Windows 2024
Thank you to CCHS visual arts teacher Tracie Dunn and CCHS ArtReach students for their bright and happy window display about farm fresh food this summer

Thank you for your support - together we can alleviate hunger in our community!