Tiffani Thiessen, Leighton Meester and Adam Brody pose in front of Feeding America’s ice cream truck.
July 6, 2017
by Allison Weber

Most kids count down the days until their last day of school, but for many children, summer is a hungry season. Millions of children lose access to free or reduced-price meals when school is out. That’s why Feeding America is setting out to help kids facing hunger by raising awareness of this critical issue.

To grab attention and help us get the message out, we drove a little ice cream truck on a coast-to-coast journey, making stops along the way to highlight the hard work that the Feeding America network of food banks does on daily basis to fight child hunger.

The journey concluded in a big way at Para Los Niños, an organization served by the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. We were joined by Leighton Meester, Adam Brody and Tiffani Thiessen, who welcomed the truck and volunteered to serve meals to local kids in need.

Tiffani Thiessen passes out bell peppers to children to take home for their families.
Tiffani Thiessen passes out bell peppers to children to take home for their families. There are an estimated 1.2 million people struggling with hunger in Los Angeles County, including 480,000 children.
Leighton Meester serves a nutritious lunch.
Leighton Meester serves a nutritious lunch. 22 million children receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program, but when schools close, only 4 million children receive meals through the USDA Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option.
Adam Brody poses with kids from Para Los Niños who received meals.
Adam Brody poses with kids from Para Los Niños who received meals.
Tiffani Thiessen brought her daughter to the event.
Tiffani Thiessen brought her daughter to the event. Children are at a greater risk of hunger when their families struggle.
Adam Brody and Leighton Meester get to know the children.
Adam Brody and Leighton Meester get to know the children. The Feeding America network feeds more than 12 million children annually.
Adam Brody arm wrestles with a young boy.
Adam Brody arm wrestles with a young boy.
Little girls happily tote bags of food to take home to their families.
Little girls happily tote bags of food to take home to their families. Last summer, the Feeding America network distributed 23 million meals to kids through summer programs.
Tiffani Thiessen and her daughter pose alongside signs that thank Feeding America and Para Los Niños for serving the community.
Tiffani Thiessen and her daughter pose alongside signs that thank Feeding America and Para Los Niños for serving the community. To make sure children have a bright and healthy future, Feeding America is committed to fighting child hunger year round.

Want to help fight hunger this summer? Get involved as a family. The Hungry to Help Project gives you everything you need to get started!

Tags: Fighting Hunger in Action , Child Hunger , California , Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
 

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