December 29, 2017
There are two more days in which to help children locally through your tax-deductible donation to The Children's Hunger Project. If you give before the end of the year, you can do next year’s giving now and still get a deduction. If you’ve been considering giving something extra, now’s the time. Postmark your check by Dec. 30 (Dec. 31 is a Sunday) or donate online and you will be able to claim that deduction when you file your 2017 taxes. Learn about a local child who rarely has a regular meal on weekends:
Joshua (name changed for his protection) is a typical nine year old boy in the fourth grade who loves playing video games and sports with his friends. Unfortunately, the odds in life are stacked against him. 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 rarely enough food in the house for him to eat.
Joshua is eligible for free breakfast and lunch at school, but many times the lunch he eats on Friday is his last meal until he returns to school on Monday. That's 68 hours without the nutrition needed for a child to be healthy and return to school ready to learn. When children come to school hungry on Monday, statistics show they are sick more often and take longer to recover; their test scores suffer and they struggle to focus on lessons, putting them far 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 a key indicator of hunger and poverty in a geographic area. Some local 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.
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 facing weekend hunger. Thank you for your generosity. I wish you all the best in the New Year!
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!