School’s out — hunger hurts: Palmer’s Market helps feed hungry children this summer


The summer is a difficult time for parents who are struggling to make ends meet. Many children in Lower Fairfield County get one to two free meals a day while at school, but during the summer months, parents are responsible for acquiring those meals for their children and many go hungry. That’s an extra 14 meals a week per child, so for a family with two children, that equals an additional 280 meals every summer!

The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County works with over 80 agencies and programs, including Person-to-Person in Darien. It is the agency’s mission to keep kids safe and hunger-free during the summer months. Many children are left at home and need to prepare their own meals while their parents are working, so it’s important for them to have foods that are safe to make.

“It’s very hard to think about children being hungry in the summer months, when they should be outside having fun, not worrying about where their next meal is coming from,” said Cindy Palmer Dean.

Residents can join Palmer’s Market in helping the food bank provide for these children by purchasing a $10 grocery bag filled with a selection of snacks and easy-to-prepare foods. The items inside will change weekly, depending on what is needed at the food bank, and Palmer’s will be providing all of the items at its cost. Shoppers can find the appropriate bags in the back of the market starting July 2. Just bring the bags to the register, pay and the food bank will pick them up. Residents can also call Palmer’s and the market will make the donation for them.