Support CitySquare’s Food on the Move to Fight Learning Loss
Date: March 28, 2017
Childhood nutrition means more than access to healthy food. Learning loss is a serious problem among low income children. It occurs during the summer break when school-aged children are left alone and without educational or recreational stimulation.
Low-income children are dealt an additional blow in the summer when their access to daily meals at school are cut off, leaving them hungry and putting them at risk for health and developmental problems. By the time these kids reach the fifth grade, they are 2.5 to 3 years behind their peers.
That’s why CitySquare partners with AmeriCorps members each summer to run our Food on the Move program. The program not only goes out into the community to provide low income families with nutritious daily meals, but AmeriCorps volunteers also provide enrichment activities and games when they deliver food. Here in Dallas, Food on the Move has become a vital part of healthy development for children living in poverty.
This year, we are undertaking a fundraising campaign to support and enhance Food on the Move by providing impoverished children with additional educational experiences like scientists, beekeepers, storytellers and petting zoos. If friends and supporters like you take a moment to donate to CitySquare’s Food on the Move program, we can stem learning loss for impoverished Dallas kids this summer.