Read to Grow, is a program of Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank. Our lobby library is designed to help enrich reading for children ages birth to 16 years old. Children of the clients visiting the food bank for hunger relief, may select a new age-appropriate book to take home at no cost. Children need food to grow up healthy and books to support literacy health.
Read to Grow was launched in early 2015. Since that time, over 15,000 new books have been distributed. St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church founded the children’s literacy program and the lead volunteer for the program is a retired reading teacher. The purpose of the project is to instill literacy skills and a love for reading in children who might not have the opportunity to know and enjoy the wonderful world of books. Developing a love for reading and literacy at an early age can propel a child successfully throughout their education, career and life.
To donate new or gently used children’s books to the food bank, please click HERE.
Thank you to the following supporters of Read to Grow: St. Matthew’s congregation, individual donors, a real estate company, Kiwanis Club of Chandler, Savers, Changing Hands, and a book drive by a local 4th grade elementary school class.