By Kathleen Sipio

Can you imagine leaving work at 5pm every Friday and not eating again, or very little, until Monday at 9am when you return to work?

There are children in our community, our school district that experience this feeling as these students receive free breakfast and lunch at the school. So when school is not in session, those same students may be living in an environment where there is a hunger issue. Food scarcity in their home, apartment, hotel room or car.

The Celebration Foundation has a program, “Learning without Hunger”, that provides weekend meal packs to students in need. This 2020-2021 school year, the program will be assisting 17 schools (Celebration High School & Celebration K8 are included) in Osceola County School District to provide weekend food for over 1900 students. Due to COVID, the need has increased this year. The program is supported with grants from Osceola County Board of Commissioners and AdventHealth Celebration, in addition to, designated donations from Celebration residents and our partners, Osceola County School District and Osceola Connected. We are better together.

This summer, Rotary Club of Celebration and Celebration Foundation supported area non-profits with $25,000 in food restricted Aldi gift cards so that children and families could have food on their tables, in their pantries and in their bellies during COVID. We are better together.

So, remember this.

Hunger does not take the weekend off.

Food is not a luxury.

Children should not go hungry.

If you would like to join the Foundation, our community partners and supporters to alleviate childhood hunger where we live, learn, work and play; visit our website at www.celebrationfoundation.org to learn more or donate to feed a child in our community.