When Boys & Girls Club Director Mallie Boston answered the knock on her front door, she wasn't expecting to find a Club member who hadn't eaten in days.
"I asked him what he had for breakfast. He just shook his head. 'When was the last time you had something to eat,' I asked. He began to cry. 'Three days ago.'"
This is the reality that millions of kids who attend Boys & Girls Clubs are facing every day as families continue to struggle with challenges and deepening inequities caused by COVID-19.
Relentless obstacles like school closures, distance learning, parents working multiple jobs and mounting financial burdens mean that kids are going hungry, falling behind in school, struggling emotionally and have fewer adults looking out for their well-being.
Boys & Girls Clubs in every corner of the nation are doing whatever it takes to ensure no child goes to bed without a hot meal, no child is without the technology to access online school, and no future is at risk because of the current crisis.
Every child deserves to exceed beyond the circumstances that surround them. But it takes our collective voices and support to ensure that's possible. We invite you to be a champion for youth. Add your name to show you believe that all kids deserve an equal opportunity to reach their full potential. When you invest in kids with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, you support youth today so great futures are still possible tomorrow.