News Roundup, September 29, 2016

Feed the Children Fights Malaria

The Feed the Children office in Uganda distributed insecticide-treated mosquito nets in the Twonokun village, Gulu district. The distribution took place in August, at Sunrise Early Learning Center.

The mosquito nets were distributed as an initiative to prevent malaria, which has been difficult for children in this area.

Feed the Children partnered with the area health officer, Apolo Grace, who informed villagers of the importance of sleeping under treated mosquito nets for malaria prevention.

According to Uganda’s 2014-15 Malaria Indicator Survey, malaria remains one of the most significant diseases in the country, causing substantial morbidity, mortality and negative socio-economic impact.

Major interventions have been undertaken as part of the country’s strategic planning effort to help bring malaria under control in the country.

The Ministry of Health, in partnership with different stakeholders, has intensified efforts to increase access to and use of long-lasting insecticidal nets, which are more durable and cost-effective than untreated nets.

High School Students Participate in 30-mile Bike Ride to Feed 400 Families

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Feed the Children joined together with 4 Kids for Kids to lend a hand to Hempstead, New York families last week. A total of 400 families took home enough food and essentials boxes to fill a semitruck at the local United Methodist Church.

Because hunger can’t be tackled alone, Feed the Children’s partner agencies — the Long Island Council of Churches, Family and Children’s Association, Catholic Charities of Rockville Centre, United Way of Long Island and the United Methodist Church of Hempstead — pre-identified the 400 families. These families 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 heroes of the event were four Babylon Village high schoolers who raised funds and completed a 30-mile bike ride to raise money for Feed the Children in May. Emmet Chapey of Chaminade High School and Andrew Szuchy, Jack Hartigan and Matt McGaley of Babylon High School started the 30-mile ride in East Hampton and finished it in Montauk in less than three hours. Their goal was to raise $15,000, but thanks to generous donors, they were able to surpass their goal and raise $15,770.

This event is one of many that Feed the Children has planned across the country. In Hempstead alone, nearly 22 percent of families live below the poverty line. Often, these families 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 4 Kids for Kids in the fight to end hunger.”

400 Military Families Receive Food and Necessities

The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes joined Feed the Children to celebrate Colorado Springs military families last week. At the event, a total of 400 military and veterans’ families received food and essentials filling one semitruck at the lot across from Mt. Carmel Center of Excellence. The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes and Mt. Carmel Center of Excellence provide programs and services to military service members and their families, designed to help them with the unique challenges of military life.

The Mt. Carmel Center of Excellence helped pre-identify families at Fort Carson, Peterson AFB, and other veterans organizations. The families each 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. Volunteers were also on-site serving and assisting.

Feed the Children is proud to partner with the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes to honor military families. When organizations combine their efforts, they have a greater impact on the lives of those who sacrifice so much for our country.

screen-shot-2016-09-09-at-3-24-08-pmStriking Out Hunger in the Nation’s Capital

Major League Baseball and PepsiCo stepped up to the plate with Feed the Children and community organizations in the Washington DC area last month to help strike out hunger.

Along with food and essentials, families also received Disney books, backpacks, and additional product provided by PepsiCo, Harris Teeter and Bimbo Bakeries.

Vote to Fight Hunger!

screen-shot-2016-09-09-at-2-00-28-pmFeed the Children is currently in the running for the Cat in the Hat for President campaign, and we need your votes! The winning charity receives a significant donation from Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Amazon and Random House Children’s Books.

Click on the following link and cast your vote to fight hunger: http://www.seussville.com/catinhat4prez/

Votes are unlimited but must be completed by November 8. Help the Cat in the Hat fight hunger as his first order of business as the kids’ candidate for president!

News Roundup, August 22, 2016

When the Waters Rise… Feed the Children is There

Reach Out America, The Salvation Army, Operation Compassion, Convoy of Hope, Office Depot Foundation and Feed the Children have joined together to provide disaster relief to Louisiana families affected by the recent flooding.

So far, Feed the Children has provided nearly 270,000 pounds of supplies, valued at more than $400,000. The much-needed items are currently being delivered to Louisiana families via partner organizations. Historic flooding began plaguing Louisiana earlier this month. Some 13 fatalities have been reported, with tens of thousands of people requiring rescue due to flooding conditions statewide.

Supplies include disaster-relief boxes, which contain personal-care items, cleaning supplies, and Energizer portable lights, flashlights and batteries, as well as food boxes and water coolers. Niagara water provided by Feed the Children will be transported into affected areas via The Salvation Army.

“Because of the generosity of Reach Out America, The Salvation Army, Operation Compassion, Convoy of Hope and Office Depot Foundation, Feed the Children is able to aid families who need us most,” said J.C. Watts, Jr., Feed the Children president and CEO. “Together we can provide assistance to the resilient residents of Louisiana.”

And we’re in it for the long haul: Feed the Children will continue working with existing partners in Louisiana and the surrounding areas to plan for continued relief and recovery efforts.

To make a gift to help those affected by disasters like the Louisiana-area floods, visit www.feedthechildren.org/disaster.

Photo: Patrick Dennis/AP

Whataburger Helps Feed Bodies, Minds and Futures

Whataburger has donated $15,000 to our Oklahoma City Teacher Store during our Season Opener of the store earlier this month. Thousands of teachers from pre-approved Title I schools were welcomed at the Teacher Store over a three-day period to shop for school supplies at no cost.

The annual event drew teachers from across Oklahoma, allowing them to fill one bag of supplies and collect an assortment of books for the new school year. Supplies included classroom essentials such as notebooks, paper and instructional materials.

“Whataburger is proud to commit $15,000 to Feed the Children for the Teacher Store,” said Whataburger Director of Operations Mark Wallace. “Our teachers are facing significant budget cuts, so it’s our hope that this money will help provide them with the supplies they need for their classrooms.”

Representatives and employees from several organizations volunteered during the event, including State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister; Oklahoma Principal of Excellence Price Brown; Feed the Children President and CEO J.C. Watts, Jr.; and Whataburger Director of Operations Mark Wallace and Marketing Coordinator Laura Danser.

Feed the Children opened the Teacher Store in 2009 to reach as many Pre-K through 12th-grade students as possible by providing resources and supplies to teachers in Oklahoma. Teachers from Title I schools are eligible to shop in the store once a month for free.

Feed the Children Supports Maternal Health in Kenya

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Feed the Children employees in Samburu County, Kenya, joined Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) to construct a traditional community maternal health shelter known as “Manyatta” (house made of sticks and grass), to be used by pregnant women during child delivery.

The structure was built following recommendations by the CHVs and community nurses. They reported that due to cultural perceptions, pregnant mothers are opting to deliver their babies at home because they believe the local clinic is unfit for their new born babies. Mothers in Samburu believe that a Manyatta is warmer and more conducive for delivery than health facilities. Some mothers also trust Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA) to assist them in the delivery process more than nurses.

Once the Manyatta facility is completed, TBA’s will be trained by nurses on sanitary, modern delivery procedures that ensure a safer delivery process for both baby and mother. This will help in increasing the deliveries assisted by a skilled practitioner and will reduce maternal deaths.

Feed the Children’s work in Samburu revolves around working in partnership with P&G, local communities, ministry of health and other partners to transform lives by improving food and nutrition security of mothers and their children. This project is aimed toward reducing maternal and child illnesses and deaths, improving access to and use of sanitation infrastructures using community-led total sanitation, reducing diarrheal cases, adopting water purification processes using P&G water purifiers.

Volunteer Spotlight: Kaiser Permanente Makes a Difference

Name: Kaiser Permanente – Print Services Team
From: Corona, CA
Volunteer Location: Ontario, CA
Volunteer Activities: Box Brigade, Sort and Prep
Volunteer Since: May 2014

Why do you volunteer with Feed the Children?
To be able to give back to the community and assist families in need.

What is your favorite part of volunteering with us?
Knowing we are making a difference in people’s lives.

How did you learn about volunteering at Feed the Children?
We researched organizations that assist children in need and came across Feed the Children. We believe in the good this organization is doing for the community and the families they help.

How has volunteering made an impact on your life?
The majority of the team are parents, and understand the need to assist children within our community. Knowing we have been blessed to have the ability and opportunity to assist others during their time of need has become a mission of our team, as well as of our business organization.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
Print Services is made up of caring and thoughtful individuals who enjoy joining forces to make an impact on the lives of others. Along with volunteering their time to assist Feed the Children as a team, many volunteer individually to support other great causes to improve our community by giving back.

News Roundup, July 18, 2016

Oklahoma Athletic Programs Lend a Hand

OU Athletics, Norman Public Schools and the Center for Children and Families teamed up with Feed the Children to lend a hand to Norman-area families last month. Some 400 families received food and essentials, filling one Feed the Children semitruck at the Lloyd Noble Center.

Volunteers from OU Athletics, Norman Public Schools, the Center for Children and Families and Feed the Children were on-site serving and assisting.

The event also included community organizations providing complimentary services and products to the families, including OKDHS, Arise Ministries, Variety Care, Choice Matters, Farmers Insurance, Moore Norman Technology Center, Cleveland County Health Department, ONIE, and free haircuts provided by Paul Mitchell students and instructors.

Screen Shot 2016-07-18 at 10.04.58 PMMeanwhile, OSU Athletics and United Way also teamed up with Feed the Children to lend a hand to Stillwater-area families in June. Another 400 families received food and essentials, filling one Feed the Children semitruck at the Wes Watkins Center.

Volunteers from OSU Athletics, United Way and Feed the Children were on-site serving and assisting. The event also included community organizations providing complimentary services and products to the families, including COCAA, Habitat for Humanity, Ocean Dental, The Saville Center for Child Advocacy, Payne County Youth Services, Inc. and Wings of Hope Family Crisis Center.

Truck Driver Receives Honors

Screen Shot 2016-07-18 at 10.05.17 PMFrederick Murray, an Oklahoma City-based driver for Feed the Children’s core carrier FTC Transportation, Inc., was recently awarded first place in the 5-Axle Sleeper Berth Division of the 2016 Oklahoma Truck Driving Championships. Murray will now advance to the 2016 National Truck Driving Championships Aug. 10–13 in Indianapolis, IN.

The two-day 2016 Oklahoma Truck Driving Championships took place last month and included a written exam, personal interview, pre-trip inspection-skills test and a driving-skills test that included six challenges. Murray’s first-place honor was one of many honors he has received throughout his career.

Murray’s record consists of 10 Safe Driving Awards, including third runner-up for Driver of the Year in 2014 and second runner-up for Driver of the Year in 2015. With a career of almost 40 years in the transportation field, Murray has successfully traveled 3.8 million safe-driving miles. Salute!

Hope and Help for Houston

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Teleperformance, Reach Out America and Feed the Children have joined together to provide disaster relief to Houston-area families affected by  recent flooding. Teleperformance has sponsored two Feed the Children semitrucks of disaster-relief items for families in need.

Heavy rainfall began in Houston and surrounding areas May 26. A total of 15 people have died due to flooding conditions. This combined effort between Teleperformance, Reach Out America and Feed the Children will help support Houston communities, including West Columbia/Bar X Ranch, Holiday Lakes, Richmond and Woodlands. Feed the Children is providing items such as cleaning supplies, Rubbermaid water coolers and boxes filled with food.

Food Distribution Highlights

Major League Baseball and StarKist® stepped up to bat on July 14 with Feed the Children and community organizations in the Compton, California-area to help strike out hunger. In Compton alone, nearly 24 percent of people live below the poverty line.

Feed the Children distributed two semi-trucks of food and essentials as part of a 13-city national partnership with Major League Baseball. Eight hundred families, pre-identified by the MLB Urban Youth Academy, 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. Families also received Disney Books and additional products provided by StarKist®.

Volunteers from StarKist, Pop Chips, MLB Urban Youth Academy, and Feed the Children will be onsite serving and assisting.

As part of the partnership with MLB and StarKist®, we also held an event in the Boston/Roxbury area recently. Another two truckloads of food and supplies were given to families in need in that community, where more than a quarter of people live below the poverty line.

That same week, the Association of United States Army (AUSA) teamed up with Feed the Children to lend a hand to Lawton, Oklahoma-area families.

Four hundred families — pre-identified by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Workforce Oklahoma, Lawton Housing Authority, Southwest Youth and Family Services and Lawton Food Bank — received similar food, supplies and products.

The event also featured community organizations providing complimentary services and products to the families, including WIC, SNAP, Armed Services YMCA, Marie Detty Youth and Family Service Center, Christian Family Counseling Center, Lawton Food Bank, Workforce Oklahoma, Center for the Advancement of Wellness/Oklahoma State Department of Health, and Legal Aid Services.

News Roundup, June 20, 2016

AutoZone Supports and Celebrates Feed the Children

AutoZone recently selected Feed the Children as a recipient of a 2016 AutoZone Regional Charitable Grant. The organization presented the $1,000 donation to Feed the Children representatives late last month at an AutoZone in Oklahoma City, home of Feed the Children headquarters.

Through AutoZone’s Regional Charitable Grant Program, AutoZone is proud to make charitable grants to two deserving organizations in each of its 53 regions in the United States each spring. AutoZoners from every region nominate deserving and effective community-based nonprofit organizations for a chance to be awarded a $1,000 donation from AutoZone.

Recently, an AutoZone employee in this region nominated Feed the Children for a 2016 AutoZone Regional Charitable Grant. Feed the Children was selected as a winner among hundreds of nominations.

“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 receive this donation from AutoZone as we work together in the fight to end hunger in our own backyard.”

“AutoZone’s unique and powerful culture has been at the foundation of our success. This culture is characterized by AutoZoners’ deep commitment to customer satisfaction, caring about people and giving back to our communities,” said Bill Rhodes, AutoZone Chairman, President and CEO, Customer Satisfaction. “We express our deep gratitude to our customers and to the communities we call home.”

Priority for awarding grants was placed on 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that address education, youth development, military support, public safety, arts access and health and wellness. We’re thrilled and humbled to receive this honor.

Feeding Minds as Well as Bodies

Oklahoma Public Schools in Woodward, Oklahoma teamed up with Feed the Children to help feed children in need. Last month, a box truck filled with children’s books was delivered to Woodward Public Schools. The truck was sponsored by the estate of Elizabeth Stevens.

The event is one of many Feed the Children has planned across Oklahoma this summer to help feed bodies, minds and futures through the FEED Caravan initiative. We’re providing support to children throughout the summer. Young people can experience learning loss during the months when they are not engaged in educational activities. Education is an important factor in breaking the cycle of poverty.

“Together, we can be good neighbors by providing books to children in need,” said J.C. Watts, Jr., Feed the Children president and CEO. “With Woodward Public Schools and a generous gift from the estate of Elizabeth Stevens, we can help those in our home state of Oklahoma.”

Summer Food and Fun in Oklahoma

More than 300,000 Oklahoma children do not have a stable source of nutrition during the summer months. Feed the Children is fighting to decrease that alarming number in its home state by participating in the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program. This program was designed to improve the nutrition and health of American children by offering them easier access to food and education in the summer, when schools (and therefore school lunch programs) are out of service.

Last year, the program provided more than 39,000 meals across different feeding sites throughout Oklahoma. In addition, Feed the Children was able to provide more than 267,000 take-home meals to children and their families through private funding and corporate donors.

“With the summer months approaching, we need to think of the children who will go without their school lunch programs,” said J.C. Watts, Jr., president and CEO of Feed the Children. “Through our Summer Food and Education Program, Feed the Children will help feed bodies, minds and futures as we continue our mission to provide hope and resources to those without life’s essentials.”

Feed the Children’s Summer Food and Education Program not only provides nourishing meals, but also feeds children’s minds. Knowing that education can help to break the poverty cycle, the organization incorporates education into the program, providing free books at each site. By the end of last summer, more than 16,000 books were distributed. Children in the program also received school supplies and backpacks. Additionally, feeding sites received sports equipment to engage children in healthy sports and recreational activities. For more information and a list of sites, click here.

The FEED Caravan is Coming to Town

OU Athletics, Norman (Oklahoma) Public Schools and the Center for Children and Families teamed up with Feed the Children to lend a hand to Norman-area families last week. That’s when 400 families received food and essentials filling one Feed the Children semi-truck at the Lloyd Noble Center. Volunteers from OU Athletics, Norman Public Schools, the Center for Children and Families, and Feed the Children were on-site serving and assisting.

The event also included community organizations providing complimentary services and products to the families, including OKDHS, Arise Ministries, Variety Care, Choice Matters, Farmers Insurance, Moore Norman Technology Center, Cleveland County Health Department, ONIE, and free haircuts provided by Paul Mitchell students and instructors.

“We are honored to have partnered with OU Athletics, Norman Public Schools and the Center for Children and Families in the fight to end hunger here in our own backyard” said J.C. Watts, Jr., Feed the Children president and CEO. In Norman alone, 18 percent of families live below the poverty line and are unsure of how they will provide their next meal.

“Each year, we see an increase in students who qualify for free and reduced lunch,” said Norman Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Joe Siano. “We know summer months can be difficult for these children and struggling families, and we appreciate the resources Feed the Children and other community organizations have provided for families in our community.”

This event is part of Feed the Children’s FEED Caravan initiative. The FEED Caravan consists of Feed the Children semi-trucks traveling across the state providing food and books to children in need during the summer months. One in four children in Oklahoma face hunger, and the threat is even greater during the summer months when they do not have access to their school lunch programs. The FEED Caravan will give these children an opportunity to receive the essentials they deserve. Breaking the cycle of hunger gives children the chance to enjoy their summer like every child should.

Feed the Children Loves New York

Price Rite, in partnership with Feed the Children and ConAgra Foods, with support from Catholic Charities of Buffalo, are banding together to distribute food and essentials to 800 Cheektowaga-area families in need tomorrow. Each family, pre-identified based on need by Catholic Charities of Buffalo, will receive a 25-pound box of food; a 10-pound box of basic essentials like shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and personal-care items; a box of assorted Avon products; and books. Families will also receive an additional food donation from Price Rite including produce and a variety of shelf-stable items. Other community partners will be onsite to provide information and resources for social services and other programs available locally to families. Volunteers will be on-site to assist the effort.

Price Rite contributes approximately $400,000 annually to local food banks and food pantries to benefit local families in need within the communities it serves. Heading into the second year of its partnership with Feed the Children, Price Rite will host eight to 10 events with the charity organization during 2016, donating more than 40,000 pounds of food and other essentials per event as part of the program.

Through its network of agencies, Feed the Children distributed more than $344 million in food, essentials, educational supplies and medicine, impacting close to 9 million people in the U.S. and more than 4.9 million individuals internationally, for a total of 13.9 million individuals globally in fiscal year 2014.

News Roundup, May 23, 2016

Oklahoma City Dodgers Take a Swing at Hunger

The Oklahoma City Dodgers and The Salvation Army are stepping up to bat with Feed the Children and community organizations in the Oklahoma City area to help strike out hunger. On Wed., May 18, 400 families received food and essentials filling one Feed the Children semitruck at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. In Oklahoma City alone, nearly 17 percent of families live below the poverty line and are unsure of how they will provide their next meal.

Each pre-identified, participating family received a 25-pound box of food; a 10-pound box of much-needed essentials like shampoo, conditioner, lotion and personal-care items; and a box with assorted Avon products. Additional community organizations participated in the event by providing complimentary services and products to the families, including nutritional services provided by ONIE, financial literacy services provided by MidFirst Bank, career and family services, health screenings, and free haircuts provided by Fade N Up Barber Shop, Kompliments Hair Studio and Raylyn Taylor Salon.

13227726_10154147845423798_938997532661586256_oVolunteers from the OKC Dodgers, The Salvation Army and Feed the Children were on-site serving and assisting, as well as the OKC Dodgers President/General Manager, Michael Byrnes, The Salvation Army Associate Area Commander, Major Charlotte Gargis, and Feed the Children President and CEO, J.C. Watts, Jr.

“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 the OKC Dodgers and The Salvation Army in the fight to end hunger here in our own backyard.”

With this event the OKC Dodgers and The Salvation Army are helping kick off Feed the Children’s FEED Caravan initiative. The FEED Caravan consists of Feed the Children semitrucks traveling across the state providing food and books to children in need during the summer months. One in four children in Oklahoma faces hunger, and the threat is even greater during the summer months when they don’t have access to their school lunch programs. The FEED Caravan will give these children an opportunity to receive the essentials they deserve. Breaking the cycle of hunger gives children the chance to enjoy their summer like every child should.

One Day without Shoes

Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 4.54.53 PMOn Tues., May 10, Feed the Children’s longtime partner, TOMS, set a goal to donate 100,000 new pairs of shoes to children in need. Feed the Children employees helped raise awareness by spending the day without shoes. One way Feed the Children employees were able to do this was by symbolically sponsoring a child and then writing the child’s name on their feet.

With each use of the hashtag #withoutshoes on Instagram May 10, TOMS planned to donate a new pair of shoes to children in 10 countries. Feed the Children employees used their personal social-media channels in an effort to get others to join in on the fun.

Each year, TOMS designates one day without shoes to raise awareness for children’s health and education across the globe. TOMS’s dream is that one day, all children will have shoes. Feed the Children has been teaming up with TOMS since 2011, providing hope and resources to those without life’s essentials.

Feed the Children Reaches Out Following Tornado

One of Feed the Children’s primary activities is to help areas affected by natural disasters, whether around the world or in our own backyard. Just recently we took part in a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) in Sulphur, Oklahoma following a tornado on May 9.

Capture1MARC events allow a variety of agencies to come together in a coordinated response to these disasters. This month’s event took place at the Crossway Baptist Church Recreation Center. Feed the Children contributed two pallets of disaster relief boxes, food and toiletries.

In Murray County alone, some fifty-five homes were destroyed, eleven sustained major damage, and seven others were affected in some way. Garvin, Johnston, Coal and several other counties also had reports of damage, but the bulk of the devastation took place in the Sulphur area. Other participating agencies included the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, United Methodist Disaster Response of Oklahoma, Catholic Charities, and Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma.

Feed the Children distributed more than $344 million in food, essentials, educational supplies, and medicine, impacting close to 9 million individuals in the U.S. and more than 4.9 million individuals internationally, for a total of 13.9 million individuals globally in fiscal year 2014.

Massachusetts Families Receive Help and Hope

Price Rite joined Feed the Children, PepsiCo and the Revival Time Evangelical Center to lend a hand to families in Springfield, Massachusetts last week. Some 800 families received a variety of items at Price Rite of West Springfield, where two Feed the Children semi-trucks’ worth of food and essentials were distributed. In Springfield, nearly 15 percent of families live below the poverty line.

All participating families were pre-identified based on need by the Revival Time Evangelical Center. Each family received a 25-pound box of food; a 10-pound box of much-needed essentials like shampoo, conditioner, lotion and personal-care items; and a box with assorted Avon products. Families also received an additional food donation from Price Rite. Volunteers were on-site to help distribute the items to families.

The event is one of many Feed the Children has planned across the country to help feed bodies, minds and futures. “Price Rite is proud to join Feed the Children in its efforts to help local families in need,” said Jim Dorey, executive vice president for Price Rite. “As a food company, alleviating hunger and food insecurity in the communities served by our Price Rite stores has always been a focus of our charitable giving. By partnering with Feed the Children, we can help ease the stress on struggling families by supplying them with basic but important items for their homes.”

The supermarket chain contributes approximately $400,000 annually to local food banks and food pantries to benefit local families in need within the communities it serves. Heading into the second year of its partnership with Feed the Children, Price Rite will host eight to ten events with the charity organization during 2016, donating more than 40,000 pounds of food and other essentials per event as part of the program.

 

News Roundup, May 9, 2016

Starkist Steps Up with Generous Gift to Feed the Children

6-2015 - CDR3008 - Del City Church of Christ Summer Feeding - Photog GThiets (20)StarKist® is joining forces with Feed the Children with a generous donation of $100,000. This gift will go a long way toward supporting our mission of making sure no child goes to bed hungry. In addition, StarKist is teaming up with Feed the Children during four community events over the next few months in Pittsburgh, Boston, New York City and Los Angeles.

“StarKist is a socially responsible company that provides healthy food for more people. One in five children goes to bed hungry in the U.S., and at StarKist we are committed to doing our part by getting our nutritious seafood products into the hands of children in need,” said Andrew Choe, StarKist President and CEO. “It’s an honor to work with the Feed the Children team. And we applaud this outstanding organization for its endless fight against hunger and its commitment to breaking the poverty cycle.”

Four community events are planned, and will kick-off in StarKist’s hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa. on Wednesday of this week. StarKist and Feed the Children are collaborating with FOCUS+ Pittsburgh charity to hold a community-fair style event where a truckload of food, essentials, StarKist product and more will be distributed to pre-registered attendees.

In addition to Pittsburgh, Feed the Children and StarKist will co-sponsor events in New York City (June 23), Boston (July 7), and Los Angeles (July 14) over the next couple of months, assisting local families in the area.

“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 StarKist in the fight to end child hunger in America. Together, we can be our neighbor’s helper and truly help families in our nation’s own backyard.”

Kenya Care Groups Get Trained to Make a Difference

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Volunteer mothers who will work with Feed the Children under the Care Group Project in the slums of Kibera were recently trained on the objectives and focus of the project.

The Care Group Model is a program designed to empower a small number of staff to work with a larger number of volunteers, to help increase our reach and influence in vulnerable communities. These volunteers will provide key health and nutrition information to an even larger population of pregnant and breastfeeding women in their communities.

The project has seven promoters employed by Feed the Children. Each promoter is responsible for four care groups comprised of 10-15 lead mothers (volunteer mothers). These lead mothers will be meeting once per month in their care groups to learn key messages about health and nutrition.

During the recent training, the volunteers were taken through guidelines on how to carry out care group meetings with the mothers with whom they will interact. Participants were equipped with knowledge about the project’s core mandate and ways to go about having the meetings.

-Edna Onchiri

Truckloads of Help and Hope in Ohio

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In the United States, the roots of hunger go deep. In Columbus Ohio, for example, 22 percent of households live below the poverty level and far too many children go to bed hungry. This is why The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation and Teleperformance partnered with Feed the Children for its annual Get Ready Fest™ —an event that provided 1,200 pre-identified Columbus-area families with wellness resources, food and essentials. The event took place late last month and is one of many that Feed the Children plans across the country each year to help feed bodies, minds and futures. It is made possible because of The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, the generous donation of forklifts from Harr’s Forklift Service of Columbus, and additional product transportation by Americold.

Volunteers from The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, including Malcolm Jenkins (Pro Bowler for the Philadelphia Eagles and ‘09 The Ohio State University graduate), Teleperformance, Lutheran Social Services, Columbus Urban League, Omega Psi Phi and Niagara Water were onsite to serve and assist the effort. Each family received a 25-pound box of food; a 10-pound box of much-needed essentials like shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and personal-care items; and a box with assorted Avon products. Get Ready Fest™ also included several community organizations providing complimentary services and products, such as children’s books and youth haircuts.

“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 The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation and Teleperformance in the fight to end hunger in America.”

More community partners assisting with the event included Second Baptist Church, The Ohio State University Athletics, Omega Psi Phi, Concord Hotels, Columbus Food Bank, Campbells, Hirzel, L’Oreal, Columbus State Community College, The Ohio Academy-Paul Mitchell, Buckeye Health, 2nd and Seven Foundation, CHLOE. Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters, Veteran’s Administration, Infant Mortality Task Force, LSS Ohio Benefit Bank, Niagara Water, Cliff Bar, Disney Books, Starkist Tuna and DJ by Giovanni.

Spring Fling in Oklahoma City

20160430_120705_resizedFighting hunger is serious business, but sometimes kids just need to be kids. We recently participated in a “Spring Fling” event at Crystal Lake in Oklahoma City. We had more than 800 children in attendance, with countless volunteers paired with those young kids. The event grew out of our after-school program efforts, which serve 850 children each week over 30 sites.

With a theme of “Superheroes,” we provided children with four new Disney books (Marvel, Sophia, Doc McStuffins, etc.), plus Captain America nightlights. We’re thankful to partner Whiz Kids for helping make the event happen, and to our President, CEO and resident superhero, J.C. Watts, was attending the event as well.

News Roundup, April 25, 2016

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.

 

News Roundup, April 11, 2016

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

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News Roundup: Special Africa Edition

For today’s roundup we are highlighting stories from our work in Africa. Read on and be inspired!

Tanzania

The dawn of 2016 brought with it good tidings for children of Masanganya Primary School in Kisarawe district: it marked the end of a four-year period of going without meals while in school. The school used to benefit from mid-morning porridge, but this was halted due to challenges that made food preparation impractical.

Early this year, Feed the Children renovated the school’s kitchen, replenished the cooking utensils and provided foodstuffs to aid in preparing mid-morning porridge for more than 400 kids in the elementary school.

Both pupils and teachers are happy with the developments. “We are very delighted that this program has resumed,” said the deputy head teacher, Deus Kimpalamba. “You can see that the children are happy to have porridge during the break. Some of them come from home without breakfast, and having to spend the whole day hungry is very hard.” The mid-morning porridge is fortified with vitamins and minerals, so it improves the nutritional status of the children in addition to reducing their hunger and keeping them in school.

Photo above: A pupil at Masanganya Primary School enjoying a cup of fortified porridge.

Uganda

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Feed the Children staff show a woman how best to hold a child when breastfeeding.

 

More than 100 mothers in Northern Uganda’s Amuru District were trained last month in infant and young child feeding. The one-day training took place at the Pabbo Health Centre in Gulu and was facilitated by Feed the Children staff and an officer in charge of the health center. The training helped breastfeeding and expectant mothers learn about infant nutrition. It focused on maternal nutrition during pre-conception and pregnancy, the importance of breastfeeding, position and attachment during breastfeeding, and an overview of HIV/AIDS and infant feeding.

The training was participatory and included demonstrations. The mothers appreciated the skills gained at the training. “I am very lucky to be here today,” said one mother. “Thank you so much Feed the Children for all the help you have offered to our community. I have benefitted a lot from this.”

Another mother spoke of her joy and asked that such trainings be expanded to reach more mothers. The training is part of Feed the Children’s Maternal Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN) programs that aim to sensitize expectant and new mothers on proper nutrition and feeding of children.

Kenya

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Yikiatine Primary School Headteacher (left) walks with two scientists from ICRAF through the garden in her school during the visit.

Feed the Children and World Agroforestry (ICRAF) representatives made their first joint field visit early this month in order to follow up on a gardening project introduced to Yikiatine and Makutano primary schools in the Mwala district.

The ‘Fruiting Africa project’ is funded by ICRAF and implemented by Feed the Children. It seeks to increase wealth and health of poor farming communities through enhanced cultivation, processing, marketing and consumption of a diversity of fruits and vegetables.

Scientists from ICRAF who joined in the trip were pleased by the progress of the gardens. Dr. Katja Kehlenbeck, one of the scientists with ICRAF, expressed her delight in the development of the gardens. “We are very happy to see this. We have seen some of your projects in Kajiado do well, and we are happy with this progress.”

The visit follows a training conducted in October to sensitize members of the Schools’ Management Committees (SMCs) on the different nutritional value of various indigenous vegetables and fruits. The training also covered proper land preparation and crop management for kitchen gardens as well as environmental conservation as a key to sustainability.

The schools in turn established the kitchen gardens and grew various fruits and vegetables including mangoes, onions, spinach, kale, bananas, guavas, lemons, paw-paw and custards, among other plants. “We got to learn that these fruits that we call wild are actually healthy, and we love them a lot,” said Makutano DEB Primary School’s head teacher, Eunice Mutua. The teacher said that some vegetables are used to supplement the diets in the schools.

Malawi

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Children from Chapinduka carry placards in celebration of the attainment of the milestone.

It was a historic moment for Feed the Children and the Malawi government two months ago when Traditional Authority Chapinduka (a region of the country) was declared Open Defecation Free (ODF). Since 2010, the government of Malawi has used funding from the Global Sanitation Fund to implement hygiene and sanitation interventions across the country with the purpose of making Malawi an ODF zone.

Five years down the line, two traditional Authorities in the country had been declared ODF free, and Chapinduka became the third (but the first in the Northern part of Malawi) thanks to Feed the Children’s intervention. It took Feed the Children one and a half years to achieve this milestone.

Gathering to witness the significant occasion were officials from the government of Malawi, Plan Malawi, Feed the Children staff, government officials from Rumphi district council and community members from Chapinduka. Chiefs from across Rumphi were also invited to witness the occasion and learn from their fellow chief how he made it with his subjects.

Traditional Authority Chapinduka is mountainous and only accessible by foot or boat. It has a population of slightly over 5,000 people. At the start of the project, 81% of the households had toilets and today, 98% of the households do.

News Roundup, March 14, 2016

Feed the Children Expands Partnership Reach

We’ve been working for more than 35 years to make the lives of children and their families better in the United States and around the world. That means we’re always working behind the scenes, looking for ways to increase our partnerships, make our processes better and more efficient, and keep our administrative costs low. Through its network of agencies, Feed the Children distributed more than $344 million in food, essentials, educational supplies, and medicine, impacting close to 9 million individuals in the U.S. and more than 4.9 million individuals internationally.

Recently members of Feed the Children staff attended a “supply chain” conference in Dallas, where we offered a presentation entitled “Solution Based Product Donations: Keeping Unneeded Good Product Out of the Landfill and Out of Your Warehouse.” Mike Ghassali, Vice President of Corporate Partnerships, Corporate Donor Relations, made the presentation for us, and several Feed the Children staff attended the conference, staffed a booth with information about Feed the Children, and networked with potential partners.

Our work with corporate partners helps them serve their communities by giving them the means to donate good-quality unused products to families in need who could use these supplies. This conference helped us connect with even more potential partners and helped position us as a great choice to receive excess inventory. We also met with people who offered us their technical and programming expertise, so we can do our work even more effectively.

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Chet Jones, Director of Gifts in Kind Partnerships, Corporate Donor Relations, Corporate Donor Relations
Mike Ghassali, Vice President of Corporate Partnerships, Corporate Donor Relations
Chris Splitt, Senior Director of Corporate Donor Relations, Corporate Donor Relations
Hogan Thomas, Senior Director of Logistics/Inventory Management, Logistics/Inventory Management
Wendy Henderson, Director of Gifts in Kind Partnerships, Corporate Donor Relations

Books for Kids

C0ACBE4B-3358-4FBC-82F4-555D4DEA4F44Half Price Books has been giving away free books to a variety of organizations during its 43-year history. In 2015, the company set a goal to give away a million books, a goal they exceeded by more than 50%. Feed the Children was honored to receive a shipment that included the millionth book! We’re grateful for the partnership with Half Price Books. The books we receive are given to children in need through our domestic programs.

To read more about the program, click here.

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Anti-Hunger Policy Conference

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced new USDA efforts to improve access to healthy foods for women, infants and children at the 2016 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference hosted by the Food Research & Action Center and Feeding America. Over the past seven years, USDA has enhanced federal nutrition programs, providing a critical safety net for millions of American children and families.

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Our own programs rely on partnership with the USDA. For example, in 2014, Feed the Children launched the Summer Food & Education Program, which partners with the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program. The program combines the federal support from USDA with Feed the Children’s logistics and transportation experience to bring food and hope to children throughout Oklahoma. Through the Summer Food & Education Program, Feed the Children served approximately 195,000 meals with the help of public funds and private partners to children at 11 sites within several cities, rural communities, and Indian Tribal organizations across Oklahoma. Read more about the project here.

The conference served as a kick-off to National Nutrition Month, observed throughout March, and was attended by anti-hunger advocates from across the country.

Africa Day for School Feeding

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March 1 was the first annual Africa Day for School Feeding, an observance sponsored by the African Union Commission, AU Member States and development partners. The day, which is centered on the theme “Home Grown School Feeding: a Conduit for Africa’s Sustainable Development”, was celebrated with continent-wide activities and highlighted by series of official events in the Nigerien capital, Niamey.

Read more about the program here.

School feeding is at the center of our organization’s efforts in Africa. In Kenya, Feed the Children partners with the Ministry of Education and the World Food Program (WFP) to provide one meal a day to school-going children in the urban slums of Nairobi and in Kajiado Counties. The meal (mostly githeri – a mixture of maize and beans) helps keep kids in school and also keeps them productive in class.

In Tanzania, children in Kisarawe District receive mid-morning porridge fortified with vitamins and minerals thanks to Feed the Children. The porridge provides a strong incentive to keep children in school and helps them focus, as some of the kids do not have breakfast from home. Feeding children each school day creates a better learning environment.

In Uganda, Feed the Children provides two meals a day (mid-morning porridge and lunch) to children in two kindergarten classes located in Northern Uganda’s Gulu District. These are crucial meals for these children; the majority do not have breakfast at home, so the meals attract kids to attend school.

To learn more about our work around the world, click here.

Backpacks and Hope in Arizona

7-2015 CDR 3063 New HELP Backpack Photos -36-Feed the Children provided more than 2,000 backpacks to Marana Unified School District, Amphitheater School District, Tucson Unified School District and Sunnyside Unified School District on Wednesday, March 9. The backpacks, containing school supplies and snacks, will be distributed throughout the school year to students experiencing hardship.

Feed the Children has distributed more than 772,000 backpacks to American children who are homeless. Our Homeless Education and Literacy Program, or H.E.L.P., provided close to 65,000 backpacks to children in fiscal year 2014 alone.