As the holiday season approaches, too many people will find themselves facing impossible choices about basic needs and living and without essential resources. That’s why Feed the Children, a leading nonprofit focused on alleviating childhood hunger, is kicking off its annual No Hunger Holidays campaign with a goal of delivering 2 million meals to help children, parents and caregivers fill the gap during this challenging time. The nonprofit is raising awareness around the recent surge in food insecurity and reminding people it feels good to give back to their community.
Feed the Children will hold community distribution events across the U.S. to provide food, resources and hope to families who are currently struggling with record-high inflation and ever-increasing food prices. At each event, families will receive a 25-pound box of self-stable food; a 15-pound box of much-needed personal-care items (such as shampoo, lotion, laundry detergent); as well as additional items like books, toys and more. To help kick-start its national campaign, the nonprofit will host a special holiday event with FedEx in Memphis, Tenn.
In the U.S., 1 in 6 children are now estimated to be food insecure. In fact, more than 13.5 million families in America were food-insecure at some point in 2021. Price hikes at the grocery store have made food itself less affordable for lower-income families. Over the last year, food costs have risen by more than 11% according to the most recent Consumer Price Index report—the sharpest increase since 1981.
DeeDee, a single mom has gone days without eating so she could put food on the table for her children.
“I would do anything to make sure they ate,“ she said. “Anything” includes skipping meals and making the hard choices between paying bills, buying clothes and grocery shopping. Such choices are especially difficult around the holidays.
“Christmas is very hard,” says DeeDee, noting that she must make sacrifices in buying food and in buying gifts. “I try to balance it so we’ll have a decent meal and a decent holiday season, because I can’t make it both. I have to cut everything in half. When holidays come around, we are really short on everything.”
For moms like DeeDee, Feed the Children brings hope to the holidays.
“Without food and resources from Feed the Children, I don’t know where we would be,” she says. “It is really a big help, it’s a blessing, and it helps us in more ways than I can explain. When money is low and times are hard, the food and resources go a long way.”
This holiday season, Feed the Children is working to support families like DeeDee’s through the assistance of corporate and community partners, volunteers and donors alike. The No Hunger Holidays campaign has numerous generous sponsors such as (Gold Level Sponsors) Americold, Concord Hospitality, Hain Celestial, Magic Johnson Enterprises, Nature’s Way, Power Crunch; (Silver Sponsors) Amazon, Mattel; (Bronze Sponsors) AJC Cares, Bentgo, CA Fortune, Caregivers on the Homefront, Coalition to Salute American Heroes; Echo Power, F&M Bank, FedEx, ., milk_shake, Norman Regional Health System, Signify, StarKist, Waffle House Foundation, Yamaha Motor Corp; and [Thank You Level Sponsors], Andres Day Spa & Unique Gifts, Blue Planet Eyewear, Chevron, Civitas Resources, Coastal Business Group, Guernsey, InfoLinks, LCDC, Liberty Fracking, Lily of the Desert, PDC Energy, Power Crunch.
“It is only through partnership that we can reach at-risk families during the holiday season,” said Travis Arnold, president and CEO of Feed the Children. “No child should go without, and Feed the Children is thankful for our partnerships that can help ease the burden many families are facing. If you are fortunate enough to experience joy and generosity around your own holiday table, you can make a tremendous difference when you give from your heart.”
To learn more about how to help Feed the Children create a hunger-free holiday season for children and families across America, visit feedthechildren.org/nohungerholidays.