No Child Goes Hungry (NCGH) is pleased to supply non-perishable food items and a shelving storage unit to Camelot Elementary School in Annandale, Virginia.
Some may say, “practice what you preach,” but when NCGH Founder and Director Rev. Kären Rasmussen says it, she takes it to heart. When Rev. Rasmussen leads worship in her community, her sermon’s message invites listeners to connect with their local school and see what they need to help feed their kids. Rev. Rasmussen decided she needed to practice what she preaches, so she reached out to the school two blocks from her home to ask how she could help support the food insecurity needs of students’ families. She worked with Rebecca Stebbins of the Camelot Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) Food Pantry on behalf of No Child Goes Hungry to provide much-needed food and new shelving for their school’s food pantry.
For Rev. Rasumussen, who has been supporting schools and food pantries across the country to stock their shelves, providing direct relief in the form of food and supplies to her neighborhood elementary school is particularly meaningful.
“No Child Goes Hungry is my calling,” said Rev. Rasmussen. “I talk to people from all over about checking in with their local schools to see how they can help, and I’m so happy to be helping Camelot Elementary.”
For Stebbins, NCGH’s support comes at a critical time in the community’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, as many students are returning to part-time in-person instruction this week.
“We’re a small operation at the moment,” said Stebbins. “We were delivering food to 19 families every two weeks, plus occasional in-person requests, but we’ll be increasing distribution to 25 families next week. We hope the kids in need can pull items from the shelves more regularly when school is back in session. We are so grateful for the generosity of Rev. Kären, and No Child Goes Hungry.”
Rev. Rasmussen’s advice to everyone who wants to help food-insecure kids, but doesn’t know how to make a difference, is simple.
“Contact the school closest to you and ask how you can help,” she said. “It’s that easy. Nearly every school has a backpack program, a pantry, or another initiative to support students from food-insecure households. All you have to do is ask, and the school will let you know what they need.”
To learn how NCGH can help support your local hunger advocacy initiative, contact us today.