For many of us, the choice to eat healthier is a lifestyle change. We decide to purchase different foods at the Grocery Store or avoid certain restaurants. It may be a New Year's resolution or a new diet. For others in our community there isn't a choice to eat healthier. They don't have the resources to buy fresh foods or to eat at restaurants that offer healthier options. They live in a "food desert" full of processed and packaged products. There are children in our communities that don't get the proper nutrition each day that many of us take for granted.
4352 Chatham County (NC) school children (50%) receive free or low-cost meals at school through the federal school lunch program because their families live at or near poverty level. Without these meals during the summer, these kids get little or no proper nutrition. CORA Food Pantry created SNACK! (Summer Nutritional Assistance for Chatham Kids) to provide food for nutritious weekday summer meals for Chatham County’s neediest kids. It takes $156 to support each child for the summer. My name is Lee Shanklin and my goal for running the Boston Marathon is to raise enough money to feed 50 kids this Summer. Thank you for your support.