The classroom is empty on the weekends. And if you’re a child who relies on school breakfast and lunch as your meals for the day, the chances are good that your stomach is, too.
For Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), knowing that children in our area might go hungry when school is out is a serious call to action. Which is why, in partnership with Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE), they recently rallied hundreds of their team members to help get food into the hands of kids who need it.
During an all-day event – the third that PwC, MSE, and the food bank have collaborated on together in as many years – 350 PwC employees got together at the Verizon Center to pack meals for the food bank’s Weekend Bag program.
Weekend Bag helps keep out-of-school times hunger-free for kids ages 5-18. Each child who participates in the program – hosted at places like rec centers, after-care programs, and community centers – gets a bag full of healthy groceries to take home over the weekend. That bag goes a long way, getting meals to kids and teens who might not otherwise have any food waiting at home.
With the support of PwC, volunteer sorted, packed, and boxed up 12,500 bags to be loaded onto trucks and very soon after, delivered to kids across the area through the food bank’s hundreds of regional partners.
Thanks to an impressive turnout and the help of all three organizations and their volunteers, children throughout the area will have the fuel they need to play and learn free from hunger all summer long.