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Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County Receive $10,000 to Keep Kids Fed Through the Summer

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Date: July 11, 2022
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In the wake of rising food costs, local Boys & Girls Clubs are looking to continue and expand their summer meal programs for children in need after receiving $10,000 from nonprofit No Kid Hungry.

For low-income households that rely on school programs to feed their kids, summer breaks can spell difficulties. To combat this, Boys & Girls Clubs currently provide breakfast and lunch for local kids via a partnership with the Citrus County School District, which delivers meals to the clubs.

The $10,000 awarded by No Kid Hungry will seek to cover the project’s traditional expenses while allowing local clubs to provide additional snacks throughout the day to children.

Travis Anderson, chief executive officer of the local Boys & Girls Club, said financial donations were so significant because they allowed clubs to focus directly on helping the community rather than fundraising.

“We’re very excited anytime we can provide more services, more resources to families and certainly our kids; we always get excited about that. Most of the time monetary resources are what always hold back a nonprofit,” Anderson said.

No Kid Hungry’s donation is part of a larger $100,000 fund divvied out across 10 different counties in the state, decided by need. All counties chosen face food insecurity rates over the state’s average of 12 percent.

With such rates increasing recently, the Boys & Girls Clubs seeks to provide a place for kids to safely engage in activities and sports while their families are working throughout the summer.

Anderson felt efforts from No Kid Hungry and the Boys & Girls Clubs positively impact every facet of the county, benefitting both the economy and the community’s youth.

“We employ 60 individuals in our county, but more importantly we allow parents the opportunity to work longer,” said Anderson, “we do all these things not just for our kids, but it affects our community as a whole so we take pride in that.”

For information, visit www.bgccitrus.org.

Post Source: https://www.chronicleonline.com/news/local/boys-girls-clubs-of-citrus-county-receive-10-000-to-keep-kids-fed-through-the/article_f167cccb-870d-51c6-961e-dda57212ca0a.html

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