For some school children, summer break is a time of no worries: no homework, fun days at the pool, and family vacations. For other children, when the school bell rings for the last time in May or June, it’s a reminder that they won’t get their daily school lunch for the next several months — sometimes the only meal they have each day.
To help fill that gap, Marietta, Ga.-based MUST Ministries launched a summer lunch program for children who are dependent on school-provided meals in Marietta, Smyrna, Canton and Cherokee County. During the month of July, Chick-fil-A Foundation partnered with MUST Ministries to aid in preparing those lunches.
Through three lunch-packing sessions, 132 volunteers from Chick-fil-A Support Center staff prepared and packed 3,300 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches into brown paper lunch bags, also personally decorated by staff.
“I love seeing the camaraderie of our staff working together to help others,” says Terri Fincher, Consultant, Restaurant Training, and Chick-fil-A staff volunteer.
The lunches packed by our Chick-fil-A volunteers were given to MUST Ministries, which personally delivered them into the hands of children in need at key distribution points in the South Cobb area.
“We couldn’t do what we do without supporters like Chick-fil-A,” says Chris Fields, Senior Vice President of Programs and Administration at MUST Ministries. “It’s truly a monumental effort.”
Thank you to all of our Chick-fil-A staff volunteers, and especially those staff members working behind-the-scenes, for taking time to take good care of our communities!