December 5, 2017
Let me introduce you to Joshua (name changed for his protection). Joshua is a typical nine year old boy. He's in the fourth grade and loves playing video games and sports with his friends.
Unfortunately, the odds are stacked against Joshua. He has never met his father and his mom is rarely around to care for him. Joshua is often left to fend for himself and there is never enough food in the house for him to eat.
This heartbreaking story is sadly true, and the ramifications are tragic. Because of his family situation, Joshua is eligible for free breakfast and lunch at school. But, many times the lunch he eats on Friday afternoon is his last meal until he returns to school on Monday morning. That is 68 hours without the nutrition Joshua needs to be healthy and return to school ready to learn.
When children come to school hungry on Monday the outcome is not good. They are sick more often and take longer to recover; their test scores suffer and they struggle to focus on lessons, putting them behind their peers.
Today, over 50% of students in Brevard County are eligible for the free or reduced lunch program at school. This statistic is important because it is a key indicator of hunger and poverty in a geographic area. Some schools have over 80% of students eligible for the free lunch program.
Since 2010, The Children's Hunger Project has been consistently delivering food packages to elementary schools in Brevard County to address the problem of weekend hunger for children. Currently, we are serving over 1,600 students each weekend in 40 elementary schools, but the need is more than 3,000. That means kids are on a waitlist for weekend food packages.
It costs only $150 per year to feed a hungry child every weekend of the school year. Our Feed 500 Campaign provides a monthly donation option. Just $12.50 per month feeds a school-age child on the weekends for the entire school year - that's less than 42 cents per day. This can make hunger-free weekends a reality for many children who face food insecurity. It’s easy to make your donation online or through the mail.
Please consider making a secure, tax deductible gift to help fight hunger in Brevard County. Join our Feed 500 Campaign and get us closer to eliminating childhood hunger from our communities. Your support creates a level playing field when it comes to success, not only in school, but in a child's life. For more information about our organization's steady efforts to end child hunger in Brevard, visit www.thechildrenshungerproject.org
For those who can make a significant impact, we are introducing our Children's Circle of Hope Society. This society is open to anyone contributing $1,000 or more annually. Contributions can be set up on a recurring basis of just $84 per month.
Your support will truly make a difference in the lives of children like Joshua. Thank you for your generosity. I wish you all the best this holiday season.
P.S. Please consider leaving The Children's Hunger Project in your estate plans. Consult an attorney for details and leave a lasting legacy of fighting childhood hunger in Brevard County.
Thank you for caring. You give hungry children in Brevard hope!