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Feed Our Future and End Childhood Hunger!

Valerie Garate
Houston · TX
What is your cause and how will it make the world kinder?

Kids’ Meals mission is to end hunger among preschool-aged children by delivering free healthy meals, year-round to the doorsteps of Houston’s hungriest preschool-aged children. We work to address hunger and food insecurity plaguing many children under the age of 5 who are not yet enrolled in school and don’t have access to a free meal program. During school breaks, every child in these homes receives a meal from Kids’ Meals–up to 3,700 children per weekday. Kids’ Meals is making the world kinder by bridging the gap for those families who have little means of obtaining meals for their young children on a regular basis. As the ONLY home meal delivery program for underprivileged preschool-aged children in the nation, Kids’ Meals bringing hope.

How will you use the $10k?

Harris County has the 2nd highest rate of child food insecurity in the nation. Every day in Houston, more than 88,740 children are uncertain of where their next meal will come from. With 10k, Kids’ Meals will be able to increase our annual meal delivery by 12%, providing approximately 5,000 healthy meals to hungry preschool-aged children and helping us reach our goal of delivering over 706,000 meals by year-end. With these funds, we will have the power to transform a child’s day from something uncertain to something extraordinary. We see a future where children have access to healthy food to grow and develop. We won’t stop until every child is given the proper nutrition they need to achieve their dreams. We can’t do it without your vote!

What impact do you hope to make?

All children have dreams, even hungry ones. We are feeding children and ensuring that they can reach not only their full potential, but also their dreams. No child should grow up hungry. Proper nutrition is critical to a child’s development. An empty stomach means a malnourished body and an unfocused mind that can lead to permanent developmental impairments that limit physical, intellectual and emotional growth and causes chronic issues like asthma, obesity, depression and anxiety. For 1/3 of the children we deliver to, our delivered meal is their only food for that day. Kids’ Meals doesn’t just impact a hungry child’s meal time; we impact their lifetime.

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Feed Our Future and End Childhood Hunger!
Feed Our Future and End Childhood Hunger!
Feed Our Future and End Childhood Hunger!
Feed Our Future and End Childhood Hunger!

In Houston, 1 in 4 children are living in food-insecure homes, which means that they often go to bed hungry. These children don't have regular access to food, and when they do, it is most likely to be unhealthy. If families do not have reliable access to healthy, affordable food, they simply cannot feed their children in a healthy manner. In order to increase our meal delivery, we are looking to identify more areas of need within the 31 zip codes we are already delivering to. During the next six months, we will recruit families that are at or below poverty to enroll in the program. We will be working with various community partners to allow us to reach those families that are not able to provide for their youngest children.

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