The “Summer Food Kick-Off Day” is today. The United Way has made a big donation to make sure no child in the Capital Region goes hungry.
The event is taking place at four locations throughout the Capital Region. The goal is to spread the word in the early weeks of summer that these types of programs are available to families.
New York State ranks third in the nation reaching one in four children who receive free and reduced price lunch. In the Capital Region, only one in six kids actually receives those meals.
The United Way has invested $85,000 to create new sites and to expand existing sites that offer these food programs. This will help provide more than 25,000 meals and feed more than 400 children.
Today’s events are taking place in Albany, Saratoga, Schenectady and Troy.
In Albany County, the Summer Food Kick-Off event will take place at Sheridan Park in Arbor Hill from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and will feature a balloon artist, face painting and designing a t-shirt with Siena college volunteers.
In Saratoga County, the Summer Food Kick-Off event will take place at the Clifton Park & Halfmoon Emergency Corps from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and will feature story hour, book giveaway and field games.
In Schenectady County, the Summer Food Kick-Off event will take place at Jerry Burrell Park from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. on the corner of Hamilton and Schenectady streets and will feature a bounce house.
In Rensselaer County, the Summer Food Kick-Off event will take place at the Troy Boys and Girls Club from noon-2 p.m. and will feature a bounce house, nutrition education and a Stewart’s “make your own sundae” giveaway.