The USDA defines food insecurity as meaning “consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year.” Food insecurity occurs in every county in the United States. Hunger touches the lives of 15.8 million children.
40% of food is thrown out in the US every year, or about $165 billion worth. All of this uneaten food could feed 25 million Americans. (National Resource Defense Council)
3 out of 4 teachers see hungry children in their classrooms. (No Kid Hungry)
We should not have these statistics in our country.
Find an organization in your area that addresses childhood hunger and get involved. No Kid Hungry and Feeding America are great national organizations in the United States.
This past Friday, Jodi Baron and I were able to visit a local organization that addresses food insecurity for kids. It is local to the West Michigan area, and we will be doing a service play group focused on them in December!
In Grand Rapids, Muskegon, and Holland Kids’ Food Basket serves 7,000 kids at 38 schools. They send home sack suppers with kids that opt-in, providing nutritious meals for students after the school day is done.
In Ottawa County over 8,000 children live in poverty. At Holland Public Schools 400 families are homeless, and 70% quality for free and reduced lunch. In Holland, 600 kids at Holland Heights K-7 and Woodside Elementary are being given sack suppers through Kids’ Food Basket. Six schools remain on the waiting list to be served by Kids’ Food Basket.
How can you help?
- Sign up to volunteer here. Volunteers are needed for sandwich making, delivering sack suppers, and repacking snacks into mixes like cheerios, raisins, and goldfish. They allow families (kids five and up) to volunteer together. It would be a great way for youth groups to serve together. Groups can also decorate sack lunch bags!
- To add schools and help them off the waiting list, three years of funds must be raised. Click here to host a fundraiser or a wish list drive.
- Share this organization! You can follow them on Facebook or Twitter. Also, tell others about this way to serve, to ensure that children in our community do not go to bed hungry.
What an eye-opener!
I’d like to add one more suggestion…vote for candidates who are willing to address this issue. This is the wealthiest country on earth, and there is simply no excuse, no reason why anyone here should go hungry.
Period, full stop.
I’m not hungry, thank God, but I have no affordable access to medical care, and I’m terminal. The current ‘medical insurance solution’ is a joke, and the previous system was no better. I am a throwaway, so I do have some idea of whereof I speak.
Very true. Thank you, we do need to think of these issues when voting before fighting over small things. Access to affordable health care is something else that should be a right. Many prayers to you Andrew.
thanks for bringing this issue to light!
Thank you for sharing your insight and promoting the impact we can all make together as a community! ~ Kids’ Food Basket
You are doing great work!
Lisa, I had no idea the numbers were so high for childhood hunger. Thanks for the exhortation to see how we can help. Our family has served at a food bank before, and now that our boys are growing older, I’d love to set up regular times where we help in more active ways. I appreciate your posts! They are great spurs to action.
Thanks for stopping by, it really does mean so much 🙂 Its crazy that the numbers are so high, when so many of us have so much.