Can you help this summer?
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United-Way-Brevard "Kids are also hungry during the summer"
Dear friend of The Children’s Hunger Project,

We need your help as we work with United Way to provide reading and nutrition to young kids over the summer break.

Your church can be a viable location for the Feed and Read program (*) that proved to be such a success last summer.  The need is great to provide an expansion of the program this year.

Will you consider having your church be a site at which kids can come for reading, mentoring and nutrition?

Your assistance is desperately needed.  Here is why:
  • Nearly half of children on the free and reduced-price lunch program in Brevard County failed the 3rd grade FCAT reading test.  At some of our lowest income elementary schools, 73% failed!
  • Children who have not developed basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are three to four times more likely to drop out
  • During the first few grades in school, kids are learning to read.  By the 3rd grade, though, they start reading to learn.
  • By the 3rd grade, children who have not developed basic reading skills are four times more likely to drop out of high school.
  • By the 3rd grade, children from lower income families are already dangerously behind their middle class counterparts.
We know what the problems are.  We simply need help in solving those problems.

Your church can help us help these kids during the summer when they traditionally would slide even further behind others in their grade level. 

United Way has volunteers that will guide the summer program and deliver books to the Feed and Read program sites.  The Children’s Hunger Project has volunteers that will pack and deliver food to the sites.

What we need are locations at which children can receive the benefits of nutrition and mentoring with their reading.

If you are already working with children or are planning on working with children over the summer, United Way and The Children’s Hunger Project may be able to partner with you and assist with food packs and books.

If you would like more information regarding how you can help the Feed and Read program this summer, please contact Bob Barnes ( as soon as possible.  If you would like to apply directly with United Way, Click Here

(*) The United Way Feed and Read program provides a meal, volunteers that read aloud to the children plus other volunteers that mentor the kids who are struggling with their reading.  Each child is provided a book and one of our food packages.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and for your support of our kids.



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