Nov 5, 2015

Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles Co Food Program

The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County Food Program continues to grow as we see the need to provide a hot nutritious meal for our children.  After school the children arrive at the Club.  Some walk, some are dropped off and some ride in the Boys & Girls Club vehicles.  After the children have finished their homework or played in the games room, dinner is served.  The food prepared for the children provides the nutritious componets to make a healthy meal. If it were not for the Boys & Girls Club Food Program many of our boys and girls would go home to a house where there is no one there and there is no food.  They would not received a meal until they reported to school the next day.  Over 60% of the children we serve live in or below the poverty level and are considered to be "at risk".  A healthy snack is also provided to the children before they depart for the evening.  Since the 2015 School Session began in August, the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County has served over 7,000 meals and snacks (free of charge) to our members.  We realize that for many this is the only evening meal that is available to them.  A hungry child does not do well in school, A hungry child is more apt to become involved in activities that are unfavorable.  Children who are not fed properly will develope more childhood illnesses and in their adult life will experience more illnesses.  A hungry child will display unfavorable behavorial actions. The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County Food Program is a very important part of the Club. Hunger does not take a holiday.  

Aug 21, 2015

Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Country New Facility

The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County has been in its new facility for 15 months and so much has happened but we are not there yet. We are still chipping away at the debt on the new facilitybut with very very small bites at a time. It goes without saying that without the debt, we could fully concentrate on the expansion of programs and more services to the children. 

Every square foot of the new facility is being used in some way.  Membership has continued to grow, the need for the programs provided at the Boys & Girls Club continues to grow and new programs are being introduced.  Many good things have happened in the new Club.  With the increase in membership and keeping with our mission by helping all children, especially those who need us the most, we have seen a big increase in the Food Program.  Over 50% of the children we serve live in or below the poverty level as determined by the federal goverment.  This, by no means, is their choice.  Many of the children we serve go home to no food in the house.  That is more than enough reason to provide for those who need us.  

The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County is a place where great futures begin.  

May 26, 2015

Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles Co. Food Program

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.....

  • Improper childhood nourishment may lead to adult illnesses.
  • They are less likely to remain in school and complete their education.
  • One in five children go to bed hungry.
  • Obesity is fueled by improper nourishment.
  • Behavioral and emotional issues are sometimes caused by lack of food.
  • A hungry child does not imagine a better future.
  • 22% of children in the US under the age of 18 live in poverty and definitely lack nourishing food.
  • An under nourished child is more likely to become ill.
  • A child growing up in hunger is less likely to suceed in life.
  • Parents become emotionally distraught because they cannot provide. 

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.   

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