Food insecurity is a problem that many of our families may face this year. What is food insecurity? According to Feeding America, “food insecurity refers to the USDA’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate food. Food insecure households are not necessarily food insecure all the time. Food insecurity may reflect a household’s need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods.”
Here at Growing Futures, we know that children who are hungry, are not prepared to learn. That is why daily meal service is a vital part of our program. Last school year we served over 34,697 meals – including breakfast, lunch, and a healthy snack. There are times during the year though, that Growing Futures is not in session – our upcoming Thanksgiving break is one of these times. This year, the children and families we serve will have additional food assistance for the extra days that their children are at home, thanks to the generosity of community donors like Deloitte and Vineyard Church of Overland Park. With the holiday’s right around the corner, we are thankful for their continued support of our program and those we serve, as well as for providing additional sources of food security this holiday season – an important resource as we continue to empower families on their path to self-sufficiency.
If you are interested in hosting or organizing a collection drive to support our program, please contact us.