No Child Goes Hungry (NCGH) is pleased to provide a $1000 donation to support The Good News Community Kitchen, a 501(c)3 organization that provides hunger relief to veterans, students, senior citizens, survivors of domestic violence, and families who identify being food insecure or are in need in the Northern Virginia, D.C. Metropolitan, and Columbia, SC areas. The organization will use the funds to start a community garden in Northern Virginia to provide vegetables to clients who have chronic illnesses and diseases that require vegetables as opposed to boxed or canned meals. The Good News Kitchen intends to establish a partnership with local gardeners, farmers, and its leadership development program to expose children to the tools and skillset of gardening and helping others by adding value to their community.
“We have local farmers onboard to provide oversight and direction for our Community Garden,” said Mercedes Kirkland-Doyle, The Good News Kitchen Executive Director. “We have part-time employees of The Good News Kitchen who are students majoring in horticulture who also plan to help with this initiative. Our vision for our community garden program is to see it grow so that we can provide fresh, organic fruit and vegetables to our clients and promote healthy eating.”
The Good News Kitchen also maintains a Mobile Meals program that provides food assistance to low-income residents, predominantly students attending Title I schools, who have identified food insecurity outside of school hours, the elderly, and immobile disabled veterans. It currently provides 12,000 Meals 2 Go Kits to hungry children who have shared with their guidance counselor or principal that they are hungry and have no food at home.
“We are pleased to help support The Good News Kitchen and its continual efforts to provide those in need in their community with fresh, healthy, locally sourced food,” said Kären Rasmussen, Founder and Director of No Child Goes Hungry. “We are particularly excited to support The Good News Kitchen’s innovative Community Garden initiative and hope that it inspires other community organizations to create similar programs to provide low-cost, homegrown, healthy fruits and vegetables to those in need. Let’s feed some kids!”
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