Thanks for making sure no child goes hungry!
When you sponsor a child at the Boys & Girls Club, you're giving them a lot of great advantages to help them do well in school and in life. From getting homework help, to keeping them active and fit, to helping them make new friends and develop important social skills. But that's not all. With your support, the Club is also helping kids meet one of their most basic needs - Hunger.
We believe that hunger is the most important health issue facing kids today at Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley. According to Feeding America, Orange County has the 9th highest number of people struggling with food insecurity among all counties. That’s not just in our state, but in the entire country. 50% of all public school children in Orange County rely on the government’s free and reduced price lunch program to make sure that they get at least one healthy meal every day. But, what about kids out of school time?
One of our staff at the Oak View Branch says of a Club member, “Adam mentioned that there’s no food at home and he’s always telling me he’s hungry. I’ve noticed that it’s hard for him to focus. He just can’t seem to concentrate and he’s tired all the time.”
Kids like Adam are struggling because they are hungry and worried about where their next meal is coming from. That’s why the Club is focusing on nutrition this year as the heart of our health and life skills programming. Here's how your support helps make sure that no child at the Boys & Girls Club goes hungry:
1. You help us serve 35,000 meals each year to hungry kids at our Oak View Branch and Twilight Education Project.
2. You help us give countless healthy snacks to kids at ALL of our locations so every child has access to fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious foods each day.
3. You help us send backpacks full of food home with kids in our Twilight Education Project so they won't go hungry over the weekend when they can’t get school lunches.
Not only are we feeding the kids in our community who are most in need, we’re teaching them, too. Kids participate in cooking classes in our teaching kitchens so they know how to prepare healthy meals and snacks at home. And, kids get nutrition classes every month so they know which foods are good for their bodies and will help them grow up strong and healthy.
Please consider making another gift or spreading the word by sharing this project with your friends. By meeting the children's most basic need, you're helping kids be ready to take on all the other challenges in their lives, like that tough math test or the new spelling words that their teacher handed out this week. And, you're helping kids just be kids and have fun playing by taking the grown up worry of whether there is enough to eat off of their minds. Thanks for making that possible!