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You’re Helping Kids Thrive

Your gifts are making it possible for kids at the Boys and Girls Club in Burkburnett to enjoy a nutritious lunch and snack five days a week — meals that some might otherwise go without.

Arya enjoys a meal at the Burkburnett Boys and Girls Club.

For the last eight years, the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank has partnered with the club to help provide prepackaged trays of food for the children there during the summer when school is out. Each tray contains a meat, fruit, vegetable, whole grain and dairy item.

“Our kids look forward to [the food],” says Katie Ford, executive director at the Burkburnett Boys and Girls Club.

Approximately 40 percent of the kids who eat food at the club typically receive free or reduced-price meals at school, Katie shares. That means your generous gifts make an even bigger difference when those meals aren’t available.

Katie says that children who are under the age of 18 don’t have to be a member of the Club in order to get a meal there. During summer months, they typically serve between 75-80 meals each day.

Katie says having the trays prepackaged is especially helpful to staff because they don’t have to take time away from the kids to prepare the food or go buy ingredients.

“The kids enjoy the food,” Katie says enthusiastically.

Unexpected school closures due to COVID-19 mean that even more meals will need to be provided for area school children. Thank you for sharing what you have so that children can eat nutritious food when school is out for any reason. Your gifts ensure a brighter future for children in need and our community as a whole!

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