Did you know that more than one out of five children in the U.S. lives in a home where they do not always know where to find their next meal? Insufficient nutrition puts children at risk for illness and weakens their immune system. The immature immune systems of young children make them especially vulnerable to nutritional deprivation. As a result, they struggle to learn, grow, and fight infections.
Food insecurity is a national issue, but it plays out on a local level. Local nonprofits like Feed the Kids Coalition work hard to alleviate food insecurity at the grassroots level. We invite you to learn more about what they do and how you can help them meet their mission.
What is Feed the Kids Coalition?
In early 2009, teams from many faith-based and civic organizations in Henderson County came together to provide a hot, nutritious meal for 120 children at the Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County. Now, ten years later, Feed the Kids Coalition is an independent nonprofit that feeds approximately 300 kids every Friday afternoon. The group also provides about ten days of lunches for students during the school year.
Feed the Kids is a volunteer-led initiative. Volunteers handle everything from preparing and serving meals to handling fundraising for the organization. This model allows volunteers to see the results of their impact firsthand. According to the organization, both the kids and the volunteers have made new friends throughout the process.
Help “Feed the Kids” of Henderson County
Feed the Kids reports that upwards of 92% of Boys & Girls Club members in Henderson County are eligible for the National School Lunch Program, which determines eligibility based on family household income. (Just five years ago, that figure stood at 55%.) Many of these young people do not have a hot meal from Friday lunch until Monday morning breakfast.
If you would like to support Feed the Kids Coalition’s efforts to boost the health and welfare of our local children, there are many things you can do to help. The nonprofit is always looking for volunteers, supporters, and donations. Consider becoming a short-term or ongoing volunteer to help prepare and serve meals through the Boys & Girls Club.
Feed the Kids is also regularly in need of event sponsors. The organization’s public events offer great opportunities for businesses or individuals to get their name out into the community and associate it with a great cause.
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Every day, Beverly-Hanks is impressed by our agents and staff for their involvement in strengthening community efforts through service and financial support. We encourage you to get involved, too.
Help support our local children now and in the future! Give of your time and money to an organization that means something to you. Reach out to Feed the Kids Coalition or contact your Beverly-Hanks agent to learn about local efforts to make a difference in the lives of local children.
Feed the Kids Coalition
P.O. Box 1572, Hendersonville | [email protected]