Meet Kyren. He’s 10 years old, an only child, and just finished his first year at a new school.
His mom, Kira, works part-time as a dietary specialist in a nursing home, and full-time as a single parent. She doesn’t get to work as many hours as she’d like, but is grateful to have a job at all, saying, “Something is more than nothing.” But lately, her income hasn’t been enough to pay the bills and keep nutritious food stocked for their small family.
During the school year, Kyren qualifies for free/reduced lunches through the National School Lunch Program – but once summer rolls around, his mom has to find a way to make up for those missed meals.
That’s why Kira is so grateful for the groceries she can pick up from Northern Illinois Food Bank’s network of food pantries, and mobile pantries like the one at Taylor Park Elementary School in Freeport, where she’s visiting today.
“We really do need [the food],” she says, sharing that Kyren – who likes to make things for himself and help out in the kitchen – is always excited about the groceries they bring home. “[And] we appreciate people that give. They take time to help us out.”
This summer, help make sure kitchens are stocked with healthy and nutritious food for families like Kira and Kyren’s. Donate today.