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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Feed the Kids for Summer - Update

Thanks to the efforts of the staff and volunteers from the Common Ground Network, the Feed the Kids for Summer program is in full-swing. According to organizers, the program is up nearly 30% over last year. As of July 20, they've distributed 4,798 bags of food to area families.

Phil Stover, Feed the Kids for Summer program co-chair, was happy for us to share the news about the group's progress.

"By all means encourage contributions and volunteering," said Stover. "The food bags cost nearly $5.00 each, so we are spending right at $3,500 a week and money is still needed."

Feed the Kids for Summer is designed to help supplement lunch and breakfast food for children by assisting Mansfield ISD area families to meet their grocery needs during the summer break from school. The food is kid friendly and does not require a stove or oven to prepare.

Families who depend on the government-sponsored school meal programs to help provide their children with nutritious food are left with a large void to fill during the summer months. Common Ground interviews hundreds of families to determine the most urgent needs and then goes into action to make sure that supplemental groceries can be provided to them for the duration of the summer.

If you are interested in helping, you can consider volunteering. You can also a tax-deductible donation, by making checks out to, "Common Ground", memo FKFS and mail to - Common Ground, P.O. Box 1049, Mansfield, TX 76063.

For questions, contact FKFS Co-Chair, Phil Stover at 817-709-1174 or

Mansfield ISD is a partner with the Common Ground Network.