We are a community exercising our faith by sharing healthy food with the children in our local community.
Feed the Kids is comprised of teams from many faith-based and civic organizations in Henderson County who care about the health and welfare of our local children.
Feed the Kids began in early ’09 to provide 300 children at the Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County with a hot nutritious and hot meal each week. The program has also provided lunches for 5 days during the summer.
Volunteers handle fundraising, purchasing supplies, preparing and serving meals, obtain donations from local produce providers and individuals, and sharing our story throughout the community.
For volunteers, our program also provides a means to give to others and make a difference in the lives of local children. Both the kids and the volunteers have made new friends throughout the process too.
What We Do Has Impact
The hunger crisis in Henderson County is bigger than most people realize. Last year, 92% of the Club members were eligible for the National School Lunch Program, which determines eligibility based on family household income. That compares to 55% of students countywide who are eligible during the 2013 – 2014 school year. Many do not have a hot meal from Friday lunch until Monday morning breakfast. In fact, 49.1 million Americans – including nearly 17 million children – lack the means to regularly put enough nutritious food on the table.
In the United States, more than one out of five children lives in a household with food insecurity, which means they do not always know where they will 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 and as a result, the ability to learn, grow and fight infections is adversely affected.