Gallatin Shalom Zone’s summer camp ensures that children in need have access to the food they need to thrive.
“Just to see those kids when they don’t have breakfast … they don’t function well,” says Onnesia Head, camp director at Gallatin Shalom Zone.
The free summer camp at Shalom Zone offers breakfast, lunch, and enriching activities for 65 local boys and girls throughout the month of June. Second Harvest provides breakfast during camp and lunch for the rest of summer.
Because Onnesia works as a teacher during the school year, she understands the vital connection between nutrition and learning. She says kids are able to think more clearly when they’ve had a balanced meal. After a nutritious breakfast, the children she serves have energy to participate in the day’s programming.
Shalom Zone is in a low-income area of Gallatin, where Onnesia says there are many families in need. Parents often tell her they’re struggling to afford groceries and express their gratitude for help feeding their kids.
Hungry children simply can’t thrive. By supporting childhood hunger relief during the summer, you’re preparing kids for success when classes resume in the fall.
“A huge thank you,” Onnesia says. “I don’t know where the parents would be without this.”
Thank you for fighting hunger here in Middle Tennessee. You’re laying the foundation for our community’s bright future through your generous support!