- Unitarian Universalism Connection
“It’s crazy, isn’t it, that any child ever goes to bed hungry?” – Rev Kären Rasmussen
As we prepare for the abundance of Thanksgiving and the joy of the December holidays, it can be hard to remember that many around us struggle to obtain even the most basic necessities, like consistent, reliable sources of food. Many families rely on their local schools to provide meals for their children throughout the week but have few resources over weekends, school holidays and unexpected days off, like snow days.
No Child Goes Hungry (NCGH) works to eliminate childhood hunger, one kid, one meal at a time. We provide grant money and mentorship for organizations building hunger advocacy programs that tackle the problem of local food insecurity.
NEW FOR 2017: If we reach our goal of $5,000, an anonymous donor has offered to match those funds, doubling our impact in local communities!
Since our initial Faithify campaign in 2016, we’ve impacted several communities and partnered with some amazing people committed to ending childhood hunger in their neighborhoods. Here is a small sample of the work we empowered in the last year:
- Maddie, a high school student in Howard County, Maryland, opened a food pantry in her own school for students and their families. She used her grant from NCGH to buy the shelving and storage equipment needed to organize the donations she collected. Maddie looks forward to creating a self-sufficient program that will continue to help students even after she graduates.
- The Mount Vernon Unitarian Church and The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA VA), both located in Alexandria, VA partnered together and used a grant supplied by NCGH to start the ICNA Relief Food Panty project benefiting local children and their families by creating more food security for them.
- Friends of Guest House, located in Alexandria, VA provides comprehensive support to women reentering the community after incarceration. This summer, Friends of Guest House provided a year-end barbecue for the women and their families served by all FOGH programs (Residential, Aftercare, and Outreach) and used money from their No Child Goes Hungry grant to buy food, drinks and snacks for all.
- River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Bethesda, Maryland partners with South Lake Elementary School, adding funds to children’s lunch accounts with low or zero balances when families can’t afford to replenish the accounts. Children who have no money in their accounts don’t eat lunch. Funds discreetly added to these accounts ensure children eat healthy meals at lunchtime. So far, this program has provided several hundred meals to children who otherwise may have gone hungry during the school day.
Although No Child Goes Hungry funded some fantastic projects in this last year, there is still so much more we can do to alleviate childhood hunger.
No Child Goes Hungry is the brainchild of Rev. Kären Rasmussen, who currently serves as the director of the organization. While working with other hunger-relief and poverty support organizations, Kären became aware of just how problematic hunger is, particularly for children. Because of this, she envisioned a world where no child would go to bed hungry.
There is a particular need to provide food for children on weekends, school holidays, school closures due to events like snow days, and summer, when government-provided free and reduced-price school lunches are not available.
And yet, feeding these children is surprisingly uncomplicated and inexpensive. A donation of just $8.00 feeds a child for an entire weekend. That’s about the price of a fancy coffee and a pastry. For only $16.00, we can feed all the children in a household for that same weekend. Every dollar raised in this campaign allows us to empower more Unitarian Universalist congregations to build hunger-relief programs.
By providing grant money and mentorship, NCGH seeks to inspire, encourage, and support faith-based organizations and community outreach groups who are standing up to make sure no child goes to bed hungry.
To learn more about No Child Goes Hungry, please visit our website at www.NoChildGoesHungry.net
If you’d like to make a donation in someone’s name, please contact Rev. Kären at info@NoChildGoesHungry.net and she will happily provide a gift card for the recipient.
During the holidays we have the opportunity to share our abundance with others less fortunate than ourselves. Please consider making a donation so that more families can celebrate food security.
Let’s Feed Some Kids!