The Chickasaw Nation is partnering with Feed the Children, a leading nonprofit organization focused on alleviating childhood hunger, to bring No Hunger Holidays to 800 Kingston area families during the COVID-19 crisis. This event will provide families with much-needed food and essentials Fri., Dec. 18, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (while supplies last) at Kingston Public Schools Multi-Purpose Facility (400 NE 3rd).
Each family on a first-come, first-served basis will receive a 25-pound box of shelf-stable food such as canned green beans and pasta; a 10-pound box of daily essentials such as shampoo, conditioner, lotion and personal-care items; an assortment of children’s books; and toys. This year will surely be the hungriest holiday season on record as the effects of COVID-19 continue to reverberate through our most vulnerable communities. In Kingston alone, nearly 19% of the population lives below the poverty line, a number that has no doubt skyrocked due to the economic downturn. The items provided aim to bring relief to those who are struggling now.
“We appreciate the opportunity to work with Feed the Children on this event, which we hope will help make this difficult holiday season a little better for hundreds of area families,” said Jody Teeter, Chickasaw Nation director of special events. "We want to help make sure families get the food and resources needed to fill their tables and brighten their spirits.
No Hunger Holidays is a campaign designed by Feed the Children to feed families during the holidays, as well as bring awareness to the important issue of childhood hunger. This year’s unparalleled economic suffering will affect the most vulnerable families the most severely as temperatures drop this winter. Feed the Children is working with many corporate and community partners, volunteers and donors to make sure families receive much-needed food and daily essentials just in time for the holiday season.
“The Chickasaw Nation partnership means a so very much to Feed the Children, and more importantly, to the families we serve,” said Travis Arnold, president and CEO, Feed the Children. “Those living paycheck-to-paycheck do not have a safety net. Our partners are a critical part of providing compassionate support to those who are facing tough decisions about how to care for their families.”
Visit Feed the Children's No Hunger Holidays page for more information about the No Hunger Holidays campaign and how you can participate.