1,765 children in the Issaquah School District receive free and reduced price lunch when school is in session and more have need but do not meet the income requirements to qualify. When school is out of session, this adds $7 a day to a family's food budget; that's an additional $329 per child for the summer. For those who's budgets are already stretched to the limit, this can mean having to make difficult choices between housing costs and food. The Summer Lunch program was started in 2013 to provide breakfast, lunch, and snack foods to children during the 10-11 weeks of summer. Funded solely through private donations and grants, this program provided food for 2,199 children* during the summer of 2019.
With over 37,700 people in King County filing initial unemployment claims the first week in May this year, it's more important than ever to ensure that children in our community are getting the nutrition they need. A nationwide April 2020 COVID Impact Survey showed that 1 in 5 households with children 12 and under have children who are currently experiencing food insecurity. A $100 gift can provide a child with breakfast, lunch, and snack foods for an entire month this summer.
*Includes some children who visited more than once
We have thoroughly enjoyed our annual Lake Sammamish Fireworks Show to raise funds for children facing food insecurity in our community. Unfortunately, we will not be able to hold our 2020 fireworks display due to safety restrictions. We hope that you will find alternate ways to make your 4th of July celebration special this year and plan to join us for a huge celebration in July of 2021!
Please join Kritsonis & Lindor and the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank to continue fundraising efforts for the Summer Lunch program despite the inability to hold the fireworks show this year.
John Kritsonis and Karl Lindor of Kritsonis & Lindor at Windermere Real Estate have been funding this event since 2015 with a total of $127,053 raised to support the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank. In addition to funding equipment purchases and our Summer Lunch program over the years, they have helped us expand our reach and have been committed advocates to our mission.
Thank you Kritsonis Lindor team!
For more information or questions, please contact Bonnie DeCaro-Monahan at firstname.lastname@example.org.