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!