Food For Kids
How can any child concentrate on education when they are hungry? Poverty causes many of these Title One students to arrive at school Monday morning without adequate nourishment. Simply put, these children are hungry and in some cases have not eaten since Friday’s school lunch. These circumstances create special needs and have dramatic effects on educational progress and self-esteem. Title One schools supply breakfast and lunch on school days… but who provides for them during the weekends?
Food For Kids is a Volunteer Center program that delivers non-perishable food to Title One elementary school children in the Compton and Long Beach Unified School Districts. The food is to be consumed over the weekend by these disadvantaged families. Every Friday, Volunteer Center volunteers assemble and deliver shopping bags to the schools/students. Each bag is filled with ten (10) items of non-perishable food, for example: pasta, tuna, oatmeal, soup, applesauce, rice, beans, canned beef, peas and cereals. This provides food for the family for the weekend. Each family also receives one of ten Nutrition Flyers provided by Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance and the USDA.
Each bag of food costs approximately $26.00. Donate to Food For Kids!
2. Donate Food
3. Support a Food Drive
Below we’ve offered a few ideas in order of increasing complexity but also effectiveness to feeding disadvantaged children and families in the South Bay area.
1. Ask your colleagues to bring nonperishable food items to a group meeting. There is a list of suggested items at nonperishable food list. Then bring the food to our food pantry at 1230 Cravens Ave, Torrance 90501 anytime between 8:30 to 4 M-F. Our volunteers here will do the packing of the food and then deliver it to the schools on Fridays.
2. Organize food drives at events that your group does: parties, meetings, etc. Alternatively, put a Food For Kids box in your lobby for people to see. We can provide big Food For Kids boxes that are great marketing tools.
3. Ask leaders in your group to work with grocery stores to either make direct donations to Food For Kids or to allow your group to request items from shoppers. This works great with children or groups of people.
4. Throw a big team event to collect food and pack the bags at your venue or ours. This is particularly fun if you “adopt a week” which is over 90 bags of food (about 900 items). We provide the bags and nutrition inserts. Your group has all the fun. Then bring all the bags to the Volunteer Center. One idea successful with large groups is to have competitions to see who can bring in (and pack?) the most food. It can be a a fun team building event.
You are very welcome to come meet us or we can speak to your group. I do hope we can work together. What you do makes a difference to real children and is deeply appreciated by the children and their families. Contact William for more information about how else you can help.
To watch a short video of local media coverage of both the needs and the Food For Kids solution, please click the image below.
To read a another recent story in the Press Telegram, click here.