Feed the Children, a leading nonprofit focused on alleviating childhood hunger, partnered with dozens of its community partners to deliver
575 tons of food, essentials, books and toys to more than 24,000 families who have faced widespread hardship and uncertainty due to the pandemic’s far-reaching effects as part of the organization’s No Hunger Holidays campaign.
The nonprofit crisscrossed the country distributing items at 60 community events where families received 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. The nonprofit also provided food and essentials to its network of community partners across the U.S. – making sure shelves were stocked to meet the incoming need. In total, Feed the Children provided more than 2 million meals to struggling families. The 2021 holiday season was especially stressful for families who continue to struggle with the economic effects caused by COVID-19. In the U.S., nearly 1 in 6 children is now estimated to be food insecure. Food insecurity has been on the rise since 2019, increasing to affect 14.8% of households with children in 2020 and has continued to rise despite emergency government aid. This holiday season families also contended with limited food access and rising prices.
Thanks to the support of corporate and community partners, every $1 given to Feed the Children is multiplied nine times to help fill empty plates for families across the country.
Local leaders like Cyndi Tercero, the Phoenix Union District Center’s Engagement Manager, sees her community’s needs firsthand. “The partnership with Feed the Children this year came at the most critical time,” she says. Cyndi describes the monthly distributions of food and household essentials to Phoenix Union as vital for families who struggle “because they help people stretch their dollars so they can use their money for rent and utilities.”
For parents like Cara, this initiative provided a lifeline to much-needed food and essentials for her family.
“The holidays are definitely a struggle for my family, especially buying some of the bigger items like hams and turkeys for dinner,” said Cara, a mother of three from Arkansas. “And around Christmas, providing gifts for my kids is another struggle. However, I’m thankful there's always somebody there like Feed the Children to help while we’re down. When everyone works together during the holidays, it is truly a blessing.”
"We believe that no child should go to bed hungry, especially during a time full of warmth, love and sharing," said Travis Arnold, Feed the Children president and CEO. "But the reality is, millions of children face this hardship every day. This holiday season, we worked diligently with our partners to ensure that as needs rose, children and their families continued to receive the food and supplies they need.”