FAIRFIELD COUNTY — With summer underway, Fairfield Community Food Bank is seeking child-friendly summertime snacks so it can hopefully be singing “Summertime and the cooking’s easy.”
Diane Williams, assistant coordinator for Fairfield Community Food Bank, explained the summer months bring a greater demand for food for Fairfield County children.
“The kids are out of school, and they’re not getting their school lunches,” Williams said. “They can’t get to feeding stations because of a lack of transportation.”
Since January, Fairfield Community Food Bank has served 308 families and more than 400 children.
Williams said during winter and spring break, the increased demand for food for children was noticeable.
“When Easter break was on, it was a third more,” Williams said.
However, often times the increased demand is coupled with decreased supply. Many donations come during the winter holidays and Thanksgiving. Williams said one past summer, the food bank’s supply of food was stretched thin.
“I have photos on my computer of the shelves empty one summer,” Williams said.
Williams said it is important to realize the community food bank is reliant upon the community.
“We do stress it is a community food bank,” Williams said.
Williams said ideal foods for children are non-perishables, which come ready to eat, because during her time working for Red Cross, Williams said she saw many fires, including one fatal fire, caused by children attempting to cook food. She said snacks that do not require a heat source to eat are preferred.
Fairfield Community Food Bank’s assistant coordinator listed Fruit Roll-Ups, crackers, fruit cocktail cups, tortillas, Smucker’s Uncrustables, Jell-O, fruit snacks, pudding, dried fruits, jerky, pretzels, juice and shelf life milk, as ideal child-friendly foods.
During her time working for Red Cross, Williams said she saw many fires, including one fatal fire, caused by children attempting to cook food, and she said snacks which do not require a heat source to eat are preferred.
Williams said robust community support and the quality of Fairfield Community Food Bank personnel are always appreciated.
“We’re just so grateful we’ve got such great volunteers,” Williams said.
Fairfield Community Food Bank is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon and can be reached at 803-635-9234.