Community Partners Come Together to Fight Childhood Hunger
Washington D.C., – Zakat Foundation of America joined forces with Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy and world anti-hunger organization Feed the Children to fight child hunger in the Washington D.C. community. The community partners came together to provide food and essentials to 400 families, pre-identified based on need by Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. The families gathered at Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy , Mon., June 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Each participating family received a 25-pound box of food such as canned vegetables, peanut butter and mac ‘n cheese; a 15-pound box of essentials like personal-care items such as shampoo, razors and toothpaste; and a box of Avon products. The provided food and essentials will help families in need of basic materials most people take for granted.
“We have been supporting food-insecure Americans since our founding in 2001,” said Halil Demir, Zakat Foundation executive director and founder. “We are proud to partner with Feed the Children to ensure that children in our community get the food and essentials needed for their well-being and success.”
This is one of many events Feed the Children has planned across the country to help defeat hunger. In Washington D.C. alone, more than 18 percent of families live below the poverty line. With the help of community partners and volunteers, we can help feed those in need.
“We believe that no child should go to bed hungry in a land where there is plenty of food,” said Travis Arnold, Feed the Children president and CEO. “But the reality is, millions of boys and girls, right here in our own backyard, face this hardship every day. Thanks to our generous partners, Zakat Foundation of America and Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, today we are able to help these families rest a little easier knowing they do not have to worry about where their next meal is coming from.”
About Feed the Children
Established in 1979, Feed the Children exists to defeat childhood hunger. It is one of the largest U.S.-based charities and serves those in need in the U.S. and in 10 countries around the world. It provides food, education initiatives, essentials and disaster response. It operates five distribution centers located in Oklahoma, Indiana, California, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.
In fiscal year 2017, Feed the Children distributed 79.8 million pounds of food and essentials to children and families in the U.S. Internationally, it provided nutritious food or other benefits to 1,080,000 children, empowered 291,000 parents to make better decisions for their children, and positively impacted more than 1,200 communities and schools in 10 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. It is accredited by GuideStar Exchange and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.
Visit feedthechildren.org for more information.