Weekend Food Sacks Mission
Can you imagine growing up , not knowing where your next meal was coming from? My siblings and I were fortunate this wasn't our every day experience. There were times though, where we ran out of food and didn't have enough to eat in the house. If I got up first on Saturday morning and saw there was only a little cereal left, I would skip breakfast so that the others would have enough to eat.
Food insecurity, is defined by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) as “a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food.”
For many families in Ohio, this is a reality and an ongoing experience. Feeding America reports that 1.7 million people (14.5%) in Ohio experienced food insecurity, including 1 in 4 Ohio children. For our nation, its estimated to impact our healthcare costs by $160 billion (hungerreport.org, 2014).
"Children are particularly susceptible to the negative impacts of food insecurity because their brains and bodies are still developing (americashealthrankings .org). Anemia, asthma, depression and anxiety, cognitive and behavioral problems, and higher risk of hospitalization can all be associated with food insecurity."
We can help by providing weekend food sacks to Capital Collegiate Preparatory Academy. Like many schools, they are providing free and reduced price lunches and breakfast. Additionally, families typically have more resources at the beginning of the month. We are providing food sacks for the weekend targeting the 3rd and 4th weeks of the month, when families run out of resources and begin making decisions between food, gas, and rent.
You can donate your time to assemble food sacks, donate food sack contents, or sponsor food sacks for the children! For just $8.20 you can provide a child with critical weekend calories. When you give a gift of $600 we will be able to sponsor 70 children for a weekend!
Blessed is he who considers the poor!
Ohio is one of the most food insecure states in the country!
Capital Collegiate Preparatory Academy is located on the near East Side of Columbus, one of the poorest communities in the US.
Childhood Food Solutions in Cincinnati, Ohio has identified food sack contents that "fill you up" while optimizing costs.