Two local non-profits, Summer Harvest and Bundles of Books, teamed up this summer to support local families in need in Los Alamitos and Cypress.
Founder Amy Payne of Summer Harvest and Founder Charmaine Alvarado of Bundles of Books were connected through a mutual friend. The shared goal was to help support local families in their nutritional needs as well as provide backpacks filled with new children’s book to encourage summer reading.
Families that attended the Summer Harvest distribution received fresh fruits and vegetables along with recipes that utilize the ingredients. Families also received a backpack full of six age-specific new children’s books in a new backpack along with school supplies. Enclosed in the backpack were tips for parents on reading at home with their children this summer.
“The summer reading slide (loss of reading level) can be significant for children over the summer months who do not have access to books or learning opportunities, so getting books into these kids hands is critical,” said Charmaine Alvarado, founder and CEO of Bundles of Books. “In fact, children who are given access to books over the course of three summers perform 35-40% better on reading achievement tests than those without.” (First Books, 2014). Teaming up with the volunteers from the Summer Harvest food distribution program was a wonderful opportunity to support the community we live in as well as provide families with much needed resources.
About Bundles of Books
Bundles of Books is a local non-profit organization that provides backpacks of new children’s books and school supplies to kids.
In addition, Bundles of Books provides training to parents on reading at home with their children and gives literacy training and materials to schools and organizations that serve low-income youth. For more information on Bundles of Books, visit our website, www.Bundlesofbooks.net. Lifting Young Minds. One Book at a Time.
About Summer Harvest
Summer Harvest is the local project for the larger non-profit Food for the Soul. The group’s mission is to provide healthy food to the children on the free- or reduced-lunch program, who do not receive government-supported breakfast or lunch during school breaks.
Summer Harvest provides fresh fruits and vegetables and pantry items to their families five times during the summer. Each family also receives a recipes that work with the provided groceries.
The non-profit serves the Los Alamitos Unified School District and the Cypress Elementary School District. For more information, visit summerharvest.us.
The article above was released by Summer Harvest.
Volunteers from Bundles of Books and Summer Harvest at The Youth Center in Los Alamitos. Courtesy photo.
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