Common Kids was established in 2014 in response to a growing interest among neighborhood parents for family-friendly volunteer opportunities at the pantry. The program is geared toward 5-12 y/o children too young to volunteer on their own, but still capable of learning about food insecurity and making a valuable contribution to our Common Pantry family. Through special projects, events, education and fundraising Common Kids encourages an understanding and compassion toward our neediest neighbors, as well as ultimately instilling a lifelong commitment to community service and social impact.

Dear Common Kids families,

Let’s make lemonade with 2020’s lemons with the: 2021 Lemonade Stand Challenge!

Following the success of the 2019 Lemonade Stand Challenge, in which YOUR kids raised over $3000 for Common Pantry, we are back and better than ever. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, kids get to host lemonade stands to raise money for the Pantry. We’ve introduced new safety precautions (masking…distancing…hand sanitizing…) and we’ve made it easier for your customers to pay (in addition to the traditional cash jar, invite them to Venmo their payment straight to the Pantry).

In 2019, everyone got in on the fun, including scout troops, neighbors, block parties, and school groups. We saw a lot of creative stands with a variety of themes, and even a mobile stand on wheels! We can’t wait to see what the kids create this year. Share photos of your children’s creativity and hard work at: #CommonKids and #CommonKidsLemonadeStandChallenge.

We may feature your children’s stand on Common Pantry social media or in our newsletter!

Please register your stand here so that we know who’s participating and can stay in touch with any updates: https://signup.com/go/RROdHYJ
And check out all the details (as well as receive graphics and a Venmo QR code for your signage) through this attachment.

If you have questions: lemonadestandchallenge@gmail.com

On behalf of co-chairs Melissa Briskman and Lois Mondt and YOUR Common Kids Leadership Team,

PS: if you’re interested in helping Common Kids plan the August Back-to-School Supply Drive, please e-mail amy.e.pagliarella@gamail.com.

PPS: To grab one of the last few open spots to bake cookies for our weekly lunch, sign up at: https://signup.com/go/GooXXGV. Thanks to Common Kids families, we have included home-baked treats every week since Covid led us to convert our weekly lunch to takeout!