Summertime, and the living is…..easy? Not for everyone, especially families with children. Without school meals, many families worry about getting enough healthy food to eat. They also fear the “summer slide” in learning because they can’t afford enriching summer camps for their kids, who are more likely to fall behind when school starts.
In Washington State, the problem is real. As of January this year, 33 percent of all families struggled with food insecurity. For families of color, the number is even higher. That’s why the Hunger Intervention Program (HIP) runs Summer Eats – our meal program which operates in North Seattle and Shoreline when schools are closed.
HIP provides FREE take-home meals Monday through Friday, from June 21 through August 27, at ten sites in north Seattle and Shoreline. A week’s worth of breakfast is available on Mondays. On Fridays, HIP offers Healthy HIP Packs with shelf-stable food for the weekend. Parents and guardians also get free meals. See our Summer Eats page for a complete list of sites and activities.
HIP knows that children are more motivated to eat when it’s fun. That’s why we partner with local businesses and organizations to provide playful activities while slipping in some learning too.
HIP provides fun and educational programming including music and stories, arts and crafts, and recreation. We could not make it happen without our playful partners, including Skate Like a Girl, HappyFeet, The Reptile Man, Gansango Dance Company, and Rec’N The Streets (mobile playgrounds with bubbles, giant games, and sports equipment). The Shoreline Fire Department even showed up at one site!
Our crew includes the HungerCorps from the United Way of King County and HIP’s Summer Associates. These incredible workers brave the heat and play a huge role in our Summer Eats program, preparing and delivering hundreds of meals to sites across North King County every weekday. We would be lost without them!
HIP provides thousands of meals a week all year round, for children and their families, seniors, and our unhoused neighbors. Our work would not be possible without hundreds of volunteers. Find out how to get involved on our volunteer page, and see more about HIP’s work with meal programs, advocacy, and nutrition education on our home page.