The problem of childhood hunger is very real. Even though the United States is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, more than 1 in 5 children are at risk of hunger. Among African-Americans and Latinos, the number increases to 1 in 3. Over 20 million children receive free or reduced-price lunch every day in our nation's schools. The state of Texas is not immune to this problem. In fact, at 18%, Texas has a statistically higher food insecurity rate than the US National average. In the Metroplex specifically, approximately 1 in 4 children are at risk of going to bed hungry.
Though the years, we at Food for the Soul have become well aware that many children who benefit from free and reduced lunch programs at school may not have access to food after school hours. When the school bell rings on Friday, these students could go without eating a single meal from Friday when they get out of school until Monday when classes resume. That is 65 hours without food. When children don't have access to food assistance programs that help fill the gap outside of school days, they are left vulnerable to hunger and poor nutrition, which puts them at risk for poor health in the future. In order to meet the need of these precious children, Food for the Soul provides nutritious meals through our Backpack Program, through which children who are on the free and reduced lunch program receive meals for the weekend throughout the school year.
Through this program, children and their families experience the love of Christ in tangible ways as we not only fill their bodies with nutritious food, but we also fill their hearts with the love and hope of Jesus Christ. By sharing the resources that God has trusted in our hands, the children and families that we serve find relief from their hunger and encouragement in their growth and well-being.
At Food for the Soul, we have a passion to serve God through service to others, and we humbly seek donations from like-minded individuals in the community to help meet the growing need of food for school-age children in the DFW area. Our goal is to raise $360,000 for the 2018-2019 school year so that we can give food and hope to more than 3,500 children in need. We ask that you prayerfully consider making a gift today so that we can reach more children in need. No gift is too small. If 2,000 people would give $5/week then the goal would be raised and 2,000 hungry children would be feed every weekend!
Thank you for helping Food for the Soul Fight Childhood Hunger!