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Letter of Appeal

Dear Community Neighbors,

I am writing to you today with a heavy heart, compelled by an urgent and pressing matter. As we enter the summer season, I am deeply concerned about the plight of countless children who face the harsh reality of hunger when they are not in school. We had hoped to serve 300 children daily living in area motels and section 8 housing within James City County, City of Williamsburg and Bruton District of York. However, without the urgent funds needed we will not be able to meet that goal or remove the additional children (168) off a waiting list for summer meals.

Summer break, a time that should be filled with laughter, joy, and exploration, poses a significant challenge for numerous vulnerable children and their families. For many of these young children, school provides a lifeline—a source of nutrition and stability that is abruptly severed when the final bell rings. Sadly, this interruption leaves them vulnerable to hunger, malnutrition, and its devastating consequences.

The reality of childhood hunger is a harsh truth that we must confront and address together. The statistics are staggering, and they paint a vivid picture of the magnitude of this issue. These children are already facing difficult circumstances, and the absence of regular meals further exacerbates their challenges, affecting their physical health, mental well-being, and overall development.

With your generous support, we can make a tangible and lasting difference in the lives of these children. Your donation, no matter the size, will be instrumental in providing essential nutrition to those who need it most. It will help us implement and sustain initiatives such as our summer meals for kids program, food drives, and community collaborations, enabling us to reach as many children as possible. Only together, can we make a difference in the lives of these children during the summer months,

I extend my heartfelt thanks to you for your time, consideration, and dedication to ensuring the well-being of our community’s children, a lasting impact that will resonate far beyond the summer months.