The June 2017 Edition of “The Chirp”, the official Sparrow’s Nest newsletter, features an inspirational note from founder Krista Jones.

Krista Jones, Founder of Sparrow's Nest CharityThe welcoming of Summer brings with it the not-so-welcoming ‘getting ready’ for Summer as parents spend the weeks prior trying to juggle school concerts and field days. Add tying up loose ends at work, getting the house in order, helping kids cram for final exams and <POOF!> a relaxing, stress-free Summer is right around the corner.

If you are anything like me, you forget to throw in those extra trips to the grocery store now that you realize you will spend the next 12 weeks making lunches. Every. Single. Day. I can’t imagine worrying about all those extra meals while not feeling well enough to prepare them. And out of that thought, Camp Sparrow was born!

Every week, starting after the July 4th holiday, families will receive snacks, lunch meats and cheeses, fresh rolls and easy to make meals, so when mom or dad isn’t feeling well a child can grab a bite to eat, without a bunch of fuss. Fresh veggies and fruits from local farmers will be a staple this Summer for a family facing a cancer diagnosis, because we believe our recipients do not need any more stress.

A special thank you to Warwick Tomatoes (which offers way more than tomatoes). The company has been providing us with hydroponic vegetables since last summer, growing plants without soil and using only nutrient solutions… no harmful chemicals! Thanks to Indian Ridge Farm and Ricky Auchmoody, who leaves dozens of acres on his farm to plant food for Sparrow recipients and Weed Orchards and Winery, which provides us with pumpkins, apples and peaches throughout the seasons. We would be remiss if we didn’t add Adam’s Fairacre Farms to our list of supporters dedicated to providing our community with food from businesses in our backyard. Sparrow’s Nest is committed to using local grocery stores and farmers when purchasing food for our recipients. We are able to continue expanding because of the generosity of local food suppliers. Please think of them the next time you need some fresh, healthy food!

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