July 1, 2014
* The Child Hunger Corps is a national service program designed to increase the capacity and capability of food banks to execute programs targeted towards the alleviation of child hunger. The objective of the program is to increase the number of nutritious snacks and meals served to children in need in local communities around the […]
March 31, 2014
Even before conducting the nutritional analysis we knew that our BackPack program had evolved over time and was consistently improving. All of this hard work was validated this week when we got our first look at the evaluation results. We found that our weekend menus were overall doing a great job of providing the nutritional requirements of the children we serve. We were also able…
March 4, 2014
I have to say that seeing their eyes light up at the site of fresh strawberries makes me happy and brokenhearted at the same time. I personally love fresh fruit, and I buy it at the store like I once assumed that every one else did. This learning experience is helping to shape the menus that we create and the types of food items that we serve to the kids. It is also…
November 22, 2013
If it is this hard for me to sit down and focus for 30 minutes before lunch what would I do if I knew there was no lunch coming? During my two years in Missouri I have set a lot of goals for myself. I want answers to these questions, reasons for the actions being taken, and most importantly I want to make sure that no kid in our 16 counties has to feel those hunger pains on a regular bases again.
November 8, 2013
Sikeston, Missouri is the farthest north cotton grows, the home of the throwed rolls, the beginning of southern hospitality, and my new home. Moving to a new place is always a culture shock. You ask for a pop and they say soda. The people can dress differently, think differently, eat catfish spaghetti, and get dirty in their supped-up monster truck on purpose. Diversity exists in everything we do. This is especially true when you are looking to solve a problem.
November 5, 2013
As I conclude my first month at God’s Pantry Food Bank, I know that my two-year journey on the road to finding ways to alleviate child hunger has just begun. Before my role as a Child Hunger Corps Member at God’s Pantry Food Bank, I didn’t realize how food insecurity affected so many people in Kentucky and even in my hometown of Lexington, Kentucky.
September 9, 2013
My dedication to youth programming and community food security is stronger than it has ever been, and I am ecstatic that I was able to move the needle towards progress on these issues in my community.
August 9, 2013
My work with Feeding America has helped me understand that every individual and organization has a role to play in ending hunger. No matter your background or the career path you’ve chosen, I hope you realize you are an important piece of the puzzle to end hunger.
August 1, 2013
Clara has short, thinning hair which doesn’t quite match her age. It’s clear that she isn’t in good health but her frail appearance is overshadowed by the strong emotion she displays when talking about the struggles of her family and friends, like Danielle. “I know she goes to bed hungry just so those kids can eat. I go to bed hungry so my kid can eat. That’s just what you have to do. What choice do you have?” Clara says as she walks up the steps with the meals she received from the Gleaners’ Summer Meals for Kids Program. With tears in her eyes, she turns and says to the volunteers, “You all don’t know how much this means to us. I don’t know what we would do without it. Thank you.”
May 20, 2013
The final day of training, after we had done all our technical learning, we gathered in a circle on the floor to reflect. We shared our achievements, personal goals, and praises for the group as a whole. It was incredibly moving for me to experience the genuine sense of accomplishment and pride we shared with each other. In my, albeit limited, experience, love of this kind is rare among co-workers. I never felt more fortunate to be a part of Cohort 2 than I did in that moment, and it reminded me that there has undoubtedly been a greater purpose to our work than our ability to send our programs off into a steady and unwavering future…