News Roundup, April 11, 2016

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Supporting Teachers in Oklahoma

We recently received this letter from a teacher who shops at her local Teacher Store. Read on!

I am a kindergarten teacher at Konawa Elementary School. We have been fortunate enough to be able to make several trips to your Feed the Children Teacher Store. It has been wonderful!

With budgets the way they are, we don’t get anything new in the classroom. I now have a rack to put our paper on to dry if we paint or glue. I have wanted one for years. I have been able to get many supplies that we use everyday: markers, paper, construction paper, crayons, bulletin board paper, center items, paint, etc. It makes such a difference!

I have also been able to bring many books to my students. That is fantastic! So many of my students have very few books. Some of them don’t have any books at home. They don’t have to say that now! I sent books home at Christmas, before spring break, and for Easter! My students and their parents are just as excited as I am.

We are all very appreciative! They are excited to read. Now they can have bedtime stories and that wonderful, close feeing that my children always had when we snuggled together and read books.

I did not even know that there was such a thing as the Teacher Store until the end of last year. It is like Christmas every time I go. None of this would be possible without the businesses that donate and the volunteers that set everything up. I feel like someone cares about teachers and children at public schools.

To learn more about Teacher Store locations, click here.

Hunger in America: Ashley and Samantha’s Story

Jacob loves his daughters — 6-year-old twins Ashley and Samantha (names have been changed to protect the privacy of those we serve). That’s why it hurts so much when he doesn’t have enough food for them. Just thinking about his two precious girls going hungry brings tears to his eyes.

And when I ask the twins about going hungry, their silliness turns serious and their easy smiles fade.

“When I run out of food, my tummy gets so achy,” Ashley says.

“It feels pretty bad,” Samantha adds. “We don’t have no food to eat.”

Read more about this remarkable family here.

When the Waters Rise, Feed the Children is There

e8534478-c9c5-43cd-acf8-15f2e3d21378Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas have all had substantial flooding in the past several weeks. Thousands of homes were evacuated and countless more were left without power. In response, Feed the Children allocated 5 shipments, about 149,000 pounds, of supplies to be sent to Orange, TX to help our neighbors with immediate relief efforts.

When disasters strike, speed is vital. Feed the Children stays ready to respond quickly to hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, even war and conflict — anything that leaves children and their families in a wake of devastation.

We’ve been helping people after disasters since 1979, delivering hundreds of truckloads of food and essentials to Americans facing disasters both natural and manmade. We helped children and families who were in the paths of Hurricanes Andrew in Florida, Katrina on the Gulf Coast (especially New Orleans) and Sandy in the northeast.

Fighting Hunger in Charlotte

Greater Salem Church in Charlotte, NC joined Feed the Children to lend a hand to Charlotte-area families last month. A semitruck full of food and essentials was distributed to a total of 400 families at Hidden Valley Elementary.

Because hunger can’t be tackled alone, Greater Salem Church pre-identified families in need, who received a 25-pound food box; a 10-pound box of basic essentials like shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and personal-care items; and a box of assorted Avon products.

The event is one of many that Feed the Children has planned across the country. In Charlotte alone, 17 percent of families are living below the poverty line. Often, these children are unsure where they will find their next meal.

“Feed the Children strives to provide hope and resources to those without life’s essentials,” said J.C. Watts, Jr., Feed the Children president and CEO. “We are honored to partner with Greater Salem Church and Hidden Valley Elementary in the fight to end hunger in America.”

Greater Salem Church, affectionately known as “The Connecting Place,” is 142 years old. The church is the second oldest African American congregation in Mecklenburg County, NC. The ministry’s core values include caring, comforting, constructing and communication. Bishop Alan G. Porter is the Sr. Pastor of the historical Greater Salem Church and Elder Wayne Manning Bass, II serves as Kingdom Advancement Director.

A Note of Thanks from Arizona

Frank Migali, State Director for Homeless Education, Arizona Department of Education, recently sent this note:

As you are aware, we hosted our delivery in southern Arizona last week; we had a great turnout!

I wanted to thank Feed the Children again for your ongoing support of homeless students in the state of Arizona. The donation we receive each year is incredible and goes a long way to support our children and youth experiencing homelessness.

Additionally, this is the first year we have received significant media coverage of the delivery and distribution. I wanted to share with you two media reports from last week:

Kristi’s Kids: Feed the Children supply over 2,000 backpacks to Tucson-area students

Free backpacks given to children in need