Palmer’s Market will team up with The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County to help 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 1–2 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 their 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.

Shoppers can join Palmer’s in helping the Food Bank provide for these children by purchasing a $10 grocery bag filled with a fun selection of snacks and easy to prepare foods (picture included). The items inside will change weekly, depending on what is needed at the food bank, and all items will be provided at Palmer’s cost. Find these bags in the back of Palmer’s Market, 264 Heights Road. Shoppers can bring the bag to the register, pay and the Food Bank will pick up. Those who can’t make it into Palmer’s can call 203-655-2077 and a donation can be made for you.