City of Pharr Joins Vanguard Academy and Local Organizations to Help Fight Summer Hunger
PHARR — Last week, the City of Pharr partnered with Vanguard Academy, the Food Bank RGV, Walmart, and the Collaborative for Fresh Produce to fight summer hunger and help families in need. Working together, the partners distributed food for 1,000 students and families in Pharr.
Cars lined up outside Vanguard's Rembrandt Elementary in Pharr as the food distribution began. Many left with big smiles and repeated thanks as they headed home with there load of fresh food, ready to feed their families.
"It's amazing what can happen in a community when partners work together to help our families," said Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez, M.D. "Our community in Pharr benefited greatly from this collaborative and we are so thankful to each of our partners who participated and helped make a difference for the students and families in our community," he added.
According to the national No Kid Hungry campaign, over 11 million children in the United States live in food-insecure homes. Several federal nutrition programs are available to assist families, such as the National School Lunch Program which, an estimated 22 million children rely on free or reduced-price lunch at school. However, when summer comes around, these meals are often no longer available, which means millions of children don't get fed as they usually would.
"So many families in our community have been affected by COVID-19 and are especially at risk as summer begins," said Hernandez. "I want to especially congratulate all our partners in this effort for providing much-needed food relief to our Pharr community," he continued. "I am also very proud of Vanguard Academy for helping coordinate this effort, and I've been told that by the end of this month, Vanguard will have distributed more than 1 million meals to Pharr students and families," he said.
Press release courtesy of The City of Pharr