News Roundup, April 25, 2016

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Feed the Children and Partners Feed Massachusetts Families

Price Rite joined Feed the Children, The Salvation Army and Pepsi to lend a hand to families in Revere, Massachusetts last week. About 800 families received food and essentials filling two Feed the Children semitrucks at a local Price Rite.

All participating families were pre-identified based on need. Each received a 25-pound box of food; a 10-pound box of much-needed essentials like shampoo, conditioner, lotion, personal-care items; and an Avon box with assorted Avon products. Families also received an additional food donation from Price Rite. Volunteers from the organizations were on site to help distribute the items to families. Community partners were also on site providing resources and information for services available to the families.

The event was one of many that Feed the Children has planned across the country to help feed bodies, minds and futures. In Revere alone, nearly 15 percent of families live below the poverty line and are unsure how they will provide their next meal.

“Feed the Children strives to provide help 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 Price Rite, The Salvation Army and Pepsi in the fight to end hunger in America.”

To support our efforts to feed hungry people in the US and abroad, click here.

Teacher Stores Partner for Excellence in Education

13002387_10154073544023798_6371972918787047875_oFeed the Children Volunteer Engagement Supervisor, Indiana DC Darlene Anderson sends along letters from staff of Elkhart Community Schools. Feed the Children serves these schools and others around the country by providing books, school supplies and other needed items through our Teacher Stores.

First we hear from April Walker, principal of Monger Elementary School:

I was just paid a visit by Rob Haworth, Superintendent of ECS.  He wanted to personally congratulate our school for being 1 of 4 schools in the district to IMPROVE results on the IREAD3 exam. His words were, “Monger knocked it out of the park.”

The 3rd grade team passed 81% of 3rd graders on the first round of IREAD (compared to last year’s 62%)… Even more exciting, our team passed 90% of our ESL students on THE FIRST ROUND (compared to last year’s 47%).  Way to go!  You should be proud.

And Nyta Tilford, who also works at Monger, adds her thanks to Feed the Children:

Thank you for the items you were able to give us to pump up all the grade 3 students a bit; they enjoyed and appreciated it. Obviously with support and love, the kids came through with flying colors. Thank you for your part in making this happen. We are all pleased with the results. Thanks again Feed the Children for always helping us to help kids.

Through our Teacher Stores, schools have the supplies they need to succeed. We’re thankful to be have such an important hand in educating the nation’s children.

To learn more about Teacher Store locations, click here.

Hope for the Homeless in Alabama

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With help from Feed the Children, Mobile County Public Schools will be able to give food, school supplies and hygiene products to thousands of homeless students.

The national organization sent an 18-wheeler to Mobile today with 1,600 backpacks full of school supplies, toothpaste, toothbrushes and other items; 6 pallets of books; and 112 cases of snack items, including granola bars, apple sauce and more.

“Many of our students don’t know where they are going to lay their head at night. They may be living in a shelter or a car or going from house to house,” said Denise Riemer, a social worker for Mobile County Public Schools who works with homeless students. Students are fed breakfast and lunch at school during the week. Riemer said these snacks will help keep them from going hungry over the weekend.

“We want them to come back to school each Monday prepared,” she said. Riemer and social workers Ciji Bendolph and Larissa Dickinson will unload the boxes and get the supplies to 3,800 Mobile County students who are classified this year as being homeless.

The Feed the Children donation was so generous this year that Riemer invited social workers from Baldwin County, Saraland, Satsuma and Chickasaw to come to the MCPSS Warehouse and take items back to their schools.

To learn more about our domestic work, click here.

Protecting the Earth, Feeding the World

13064740_10154078421753798_1259407445893506263_oLast week was Earth Day, and we’re proud to partner with a company that strives to be a good neighbor by reducing its carbon footprint. Twenty-five years ago, Beech-Nut joined us in the fight to end childhood hunger. They have been on a mission to provide honest, real, great-tasting food for babies. To date, Beech Nut has donated more than $17 million and more than 13 million pounds of baby foods to children we serve across the U.S. In addition to their incredible products, they’ve been able to reduce their carbon footprint drastically and become the only LEED-certified baby food production facility in the world. Hats off to our friends and partners at Beech Nut for their exceptional work and generosity. To learn more about our corporate partnerships, click here.