KIDS ARE HUNGRY
Child Hunger is a VERY REAL Problem
22 million children nationwide depend on the food they receive at school.
According to No Kid Hungry,
62% of teachers report seeing children on a regular basis
who are not getting enough food at home.
Additional hunger statistics from No Kid Hungry:
1 in 6 children nationwide are poor enough to go hungry.
92% of the families who need food assistance are working families (at least one adult in the household is working full time, part time, or multiple jobs).
64% of parents say it would be difficult to feed their kids if they encountered a large, unexpected expense.
46% of children from low income families say being hungry hurts their performance at school. Children who are hungry are more likely to repeat a grade, experience developmental delays, or have social and/or behavioral issues.
12% say they are so hungry at night they cannot do their homework.
59% of children from low-income families have come to school hungry.
These are just a sample of the nationwide statistics regarding hunger among U.S. children and the importance of food assistance received in public schools.
FEED is working to help students in Fayette County by providing weekend meals and snacks to students in need.
A LOOK AT FAYETTE COUNTY
16% of Kids Live in Food Insecure Households in Fayette County
According to 2018 Kentucky Kids Count Data:
10% of children in Fayette County live in deep poverty
(below 50% of the federal poverty level)
22.6% of children in Fayette County live in poverty
(below 100% of the federal poverty level)
44% of children live in low-income households
(below 200% of the federal poverty level)
In Fayette County, 16% of children live in food insecure households
(about 7,000 children)
WHAT'S IN THE WEEKEND FOOD BAG?
FEED offers financial resources and volunteer support to Fayette County Public Schools to provide weekend bags of food to children in need. These financial resources are provided to help "fill in the gaps" in existing backpack programs.
Bags typically contain shelf stable milk, fruit, vegetable, protein, grain, and a snack. One bag of food costs approximately $6, with shelf stable milk being the most expensive item.
A piece of fresh fruit or a vegetable are provided when available.
WHO WE ARE
A Distinct Identity
Since January 2017, FEED has been working in partnership with God’s Pantry to provide weekend meals to students in need in Fayette County. FEED is currently fulfilling a portion of weekend food needs at Garden Springs Elementary, Rosa Parks Elementary, Garrett Morgan Elementary, James Lane Allen Elementary, and Beaumont Middle School.
We operate in partnership with local churches, Family Resource Coordinators, and volunteers to ensure that weekend food needs are fulfilled at each of our partner schools. Our long-term goal is to create a community of school personnel, parents, non-profit organizations, and advocates to ensure that no student in Fayette County goes hungry when school is not in session.
You Can Make a Difference
You can make a tax deductible donation today to ensure children have quality food for the weekend. Please note that this program is completely volunteer run, so you can also volunteer to pack bags or deliver food.
"Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me."
Get in touch with FEED to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.