Feed the Kids
Feed the Kids started in the summer of 2004, providing 11 low-income families with a grocery delivery each month during June, July, and August. For summer 2015, we served 100 families with over 350 children! Each family received 200 pounds of food each month, including:
- At least three 25-pound boxes of non-perishable food
- An assortment of 8 fresh vegetables
- An assortment of 7 fresh fruits
- Fresh bread
- 7 frozen meats, including beef, chicken & pork
In 2004, our founder Karole saw an article published in the Spring 2004 Hunger Digest newsletter published by America’s Second Harvest (now Feeding America). The article was titled, “School’s Out; millions of kids face hunger.” This article was a huge eye-opener for us, and showed the way to our next service endeavor. Karole knew she had to do something.
The dire situation described in the article is even worse now. In the 2007-8 school year, 42.1 million children received federally subsidized breakfasts or lunches, which in the case of breakfasts has been associated with higher intake of vitamins C and E, folate, iron, and potassium, and for lunches, with increased vitamin B12, magnesium, riboflavin, fiber, and zinc, and more likely consumption of fruits, vegetables, meats, and other protein-rich foods. The number of those students with access to a summer food program was 2.2 million.
Illinois enrollment in both programs for the 2007-8 school year was 1,362,651; the average daily attendance in the federal summer food service program was 4%. U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2009. For more information, click here.
Thus began a new, exciting program dedicated to children - our future.
We investigated our surrounding community and found that there truly was a need. A local caseworker was able to tell us of her own experience. A single mother with three boys, aged 4, 9, and 12, all pale-gray, skinny, and undernourished when the caseworker visited. The mother said that she did not have the money to buy enough groceries for her three growing boys. When we heard this story we knew we could help this family in their time of need!
How You Can Help Feed The Kids!
Hold a fundraiser!
Donations will enable us to purchase fresh produce and meat.
Collect food. We are in particular need of:
- Meals in a can (stews, hearty soups, etc.)
- Cereal (Raisin Bran, Cheerios, Special K, etc.)
- Macaroni & cheese
- Canned fruit, fruit cups, canned vegetables
- Fruit snacks, raisins
- Cereal bars, granola bars
- Condiments (mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard & relish)
- Peanut butter
- Spaghetti O's
Click here for more information about food drives.
Make Snacks in a Bag. Each child in the family will receive a bag as part of the grocery delivery. Fill bags with the following snack items:
- Juice boxes
- Single-serving cereal packages
- Fruit cups or applesauce
- Fruit snacks
- Single-serving snacks (cheese & crackers, chips)
- Macaroni & cheese
- Ramen noodles
Sort food. Groups are needed to sort non-perishable food (depending on availability of food in our warehouse)
Bag groceries. Groups of 10 - 15 people
Deliver groceries or help us load cars on distribution day
Sponsor a family. Only $75 will feed an entire family for one month. $225 will ensure groceries for three whole months for one family!
I want to sponsor a family in Feed the Kids and provide schoolchildren with the nutrition they need over the summer so that they start back to school ready to learn. (Click here).