This year, due in part to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, one in every four kids may not know where they will get their next meal. As we head into the long, cold, dark winter months, and our nation continues to battle the COVID-19 crisis, No Child Goes Hungry is committed to filling the gaps for food-insecure families across the country. Over the past nine months, NCGH has partnered with local non-profits and passionate grassroots organizations that are pivoting and persevering to launch innovative programs to help families suffering from food insecurity due to COVID-19. As we celebrate one another with love, warmth, and togetherness this holiday season, we cannot lose track of the millions of families struggling to keep the lights and heat on and food on their tables. Please help us make a difference.
According to a report by the Pew Research Center published in September, 25 percent of U.S. adults say they or someone in their household was laid off or lost their job because of the coronavirus outbreak. Nearly 35 million children reliant on school-based nutrition and financial assistance lost access to services when COVID-19 forced states to shut school doors. Millions of American families are struggling to put food on their tables. NCGH is dedicated to the elimination of childhood hunger, one kid, one meal at a time. With funds donated by churches, private organizations, and individuals, NCGH works with faith communities and other organizations to alleviate hunger on a local level.
In the first four years since its inception, NCGH awarded a total of 56 grants. To date, in 2020, we have awarded 60, with many more waiting for funds. Where NCGH used to receive two to three applications in a week, now we often receive as many in a single day. The need is vast, and it continues to grow. We feed kids, one meal at a time. It matters; every meal matters.
NCGH provides grant money and mentorship opportunities so that community organizations can build hunger advocacy programs that will thrive and grow as their communities continue to tackle the problem of local food insecurity. Such sustainable programs include afterschool backpack programs, little free pantries, and community food pantries and donation programs.
NCGH also strives to educate the community on food insecurity issues and arm people with the knowledge to help. NCGH offers age-appropriate lesson plans to help local organizations to talk to people of all ages about the issue of food insecurity, helping to fuel future generations of childhood hunger advocates. The lesson plans are designed for schools, churches, or any group that would like to learn more about what they can do to eliminate childhood hunger in their community and are available to use at no cost. Lesson plans are available for Preschool-Kindergarten, Grades 1-3, Grades 4-7, Grades 8-12, and Adults.
Let’s Feed Some Kids!