The Food Program at the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County continues to be extremely important. As the school year is coming to a close we all know that hunger DOES NOT TAKE A HOLIDAY. During the summer all those who come to the Club will be served a nutritious meal free of charge. Each day a child up to the age of 18 may receive breakfast, lunch and a snack. Some may think that during the summer months children find their meals in their home. That is not always the case. Many children have less food to eat during the summer because they do not have available the free lunch program in their schools. It is important that this program continue year around.
Childhood hunger statistics are alarming.....
Hunger cannot be eradicated by one person. It takes a nation to help provide for those who cannot provide for themselves. I know of no one who choses to go hungry. There are many circumstances that can cause hunger in a home. Sixteen million kids in the United States live in households that struggle to put food on the table. The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County is striving to make hunger nonexistant in the children served by the Club and living in the Community.
The food program obtainable at the Boys & Girls Club remains to be a much needed service. We have seen an increase in the number of children participating in daily meals. The meals and snacks are provided free of charge to any child in the Club during the serving time. The meals served are prepared from foods obtained from local grocery outlets and produce stands when in season. All meals served provide the nutritional value required and established by the Federal Guidelines. The Food Program at the Boys & Girls Club operates year around. Every day we are open, a free hot nutritious meal is served. During the past 12 months, the Boys & Girls Club has provided over 24,000 meals and snacks to our members. Some very upsetting statistics regarding childhood hunger are:• 1 in every 5 children goes to bed hungry• 16 million kids in the United States live in households that struggle to put food on the table• 22% of kids in the United States under the age of 18 live in poverty• A hungry child does not do well in school• A child without proper nourishment is more likely to get sick• They are less likely to graduate from high school and won’t even consider college• The future shows them less likely to earn enough to feed their own family• Improper food consumption can create obesity• Lack of food can create emotional and behavioral issues • They experience the lack energy to exerciseThe Food Program at the Boys & Girls Club continues to be one of the most important programs offered. We feel sure that many of our boys and girls would go home to no food in the house and no means of getting any. Many of our members come to the Club from school and remain on the premises until we close at 8 pm. During their time at the Club, they are not only fed but they are required to participate in Power Hour, which is time spent preparing their homework for the next day. It is unsettling that over 65% of our members are considered to be “at risk”, meaning that according to the federal guidelines, they are living in the poverty level. Many of our children come from a single parent household with a single wage earner and a couple of generations under the same roof. We know, this program is by no means a luxury, but a necessity for many, especially those that need us the most.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County continues to serve many children in the Community as we follow the Club Mission of helping all children, especially those less fortunate. Being in the new Club, has allowed the Organization the opportunity to expand the services provided to its members. Since school began in mid-August, the Club has served nearly 5000 meals and snacks to the children after school. Many of the children we serve are living in or below the poverty level as established by the Federal Goverment. It is unfortunate that many children go home from school knowing that there will be no food in the home and their next meal will be provided by their school or the Boys & Girls Club of St. Charles County.
It remains paramont that we retire the debt owed on the new Club. Removing the debt payments from the budget would allow the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County to expand the valuable programs that are by no means a luxury but a necessity to the children we serve.
Your support to the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County touches many children as we prepare them for a promising future.
On June 9, 2014, the Boys & Girls Club of St. Charles County opened the doors of its new facility located at 1211 Lindenwood Avenue, St. Charles, MO. This was first day of summer camp. Many things happened during the 10 weeks of summer camp. But most importantly, the Boys & Girls Club provided over 10,000 meals and snacks to the children it serves. These meals were provided free of charge to any child in the facility at serving time. The meals and snacks met the federal guidelines of nutritious foods and beverages. Being in the new facility has provided the Boys & Girls Club the ability to serve more children and provide more programs.
It became apparent that we could no longer remain in the old club located at 1400 Olive Street, St. Charles, MO. The roof leaked so badly and to make the necessary repairs were to costly. The leaking roof caused much damage to equipment and items that were necessary to provide the programs. Many costly repairs were becoming an issue. It was becoming impossible to provide IT support to the administration offices and classrooms.
Raising the full cost of the facility before construction could begin was out of the questions. It was imperative that we miniize the amount of time that the Club would operate in the old facility. Therefor we are continuing to raise funds to meet the goal of $7M.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County are extremely important to the community. Currently we are serving over 1,500 children. They are taught to achieve academic success, life a healthy lifestyle and be of good character. Our program are all fashioned after our core values. It is our goal to put all our children on a path to a Great Future. It is important that we reverse the most negative trends facing young people today. One way is by recognizing the importance of our-of-school time. This time is essential, yet often overlooked, as we transform kids lives and America's future.
The NEW Boys & Girls Club of St. Charles County will open on June 9, 2014 with that being the first day of Summer Camp. Construction of the new building has been completed. It became apparent that the Board of Directors could no longer wait to raise the balance of the funds needed to complete the new Club. The old Club was constructed 60 years ago and was in dire need of repairs that were too costly to accomplish. So the decision was made to move forward, complete the facility and continue to raise the balance of the needed funds for a new Club. There is an outstanding balance of $2M that needs to be raised to meet the "Campaign for Great Futures" Goal.
Currently the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County serves 1500 children annually. Many of our members are considered to be "at risk" due to living in or below the poverty level as determined by the federal goverment. Many of our members are from single parent families and find the Boys & Girls Club to be their home away from home. The Club has addressed the areas that are important to a childs future and they are; being academically successful, living a healthy lifestyle, being of good character and possess quality leadership skills.
Programs offered at the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County all follow our focus areas. Only to mention a few: Power Hour, Reading for Success, diplomas2DEGREES, Robo Tech, Smart Moves, Passport to Manhood, Smart Girls, as well as Basketball, Football, Volleyball, Karate and Cheerleading. A very vital program offered at the Boys & Girls Club is the Summer and After School Food Program. Over the past twelve months the Club has provided, free of charge, over 26,000 meals and snacks to our boys and girls. Many children enter our Club from spending their day at school to find their evening meal. If it were not for this Program, many of our members would go home to no food in the house and without proper nourshiment until they returned to school or the Boys & Girls Club for their next meal. It is known that a child without proper nutrition does not do well in school, is unable to concentrate and will experience health issues in their adult life. Unhealthy eating and lack of nutrition is a source of many problems in the life or our children.
It is imperative and greatly appreciated that you become a part of the Boys & Girls Club mission by helping all young people, especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens as we assist them in planning their future. .
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