Help for the Hungry

In a a couple of conversations this week, I was struck by how many kids we have in LaVergne who may be hungry and how many families need help now for the basic necessities like housing and food.

First, let me share this link that may provide answers people need when they have nowhere else to turn for housing.  211.org is an easy-to-remember number that help people find resources for basic human needs like locating food banks, clothing, shelters, rent assistance, and utility assistance.  In addition, there is info on physical and mental health resources, employment support, help for the elderly and disabled, and support for children, youth and families.  As I clicked through, I found this link to be very helpful as well since it has help by category.  Again,

211.org

One friend told me that the number of kids at LHS who receive lunch help is over 50 percent. Over half our kids are on the reduced lunch program!! The USDA is offering some training on how to feed the hungry over the summer months when school lunches are not available,

Each summer, 18 million students are at risk of going hungry when the school year ends and school lunches are no longer available.  For many children, school meals are the only complete and nutritious meals they eat, and in the summer they go without.  This summer, the need will likely increase and rural communities are often underserved by the program. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) can help to fill the summer meal gap for low-income children.  Faith-based, community, and private non-profit organizations can make a difference in the lives of hungry children by serving meals with SFSP, a federally funded program administered by states that reimburses organizations for meals served to children during the summer

Schools, churches, recreation and community centers, playgrounds, multi-family housing projects, fire halls, parks, and camps can serve meals in neighborhoods with high percentages of low-income families.  These venues are safe and familiar locations where children may naturally congregate during the summer.   There are two ways to get involved with SFSP.  Your organization may become a SFSP site where meals are served, or a SFSP sponsor that both serves meals and keeps track of the accounting and paperwork.  Sponsors are reimbursed for all meals served that meet USDA’s nutrition standards.

Join us to learn more and hear the benefits to being a part of the Summer Food Service Program! Sessions focusing on a variety of communities and community-based organizations will be held over the next week. Please see below for specifics on each call.

Please join us!
What: Learn About Funding and Resources to Feed Hungry Children in the Summer!

Target Audience: Non-profits, including Faith-Based and Community Organizations

Select a Date and Time:

Wednesday, 3/3, 1:00pm-2:00pm EST (Latino Serving Organizations)

Thursday, 3/4, 2:00pm-3:00pm EST (Vista/Americorps Grantees and Volunteer Affiliated Organizations)

Friday, 3/5, 11:00am-12:00pm EST (Boys and Girls Clubs)

Registration Link: http://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/17fb9g426e9

Participation:  These sessions will be available via Microsoft Office LiveMeeting (Webinar) and is free for all participants.  You will need access to a phone line and a computer with internet access for this webinar.  To participate, please complete the online registration HERE: http://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/17fb9g426e9 .

If you are a part of any organization that wants to get involved in helping this summer, I encourage you to pass this information on to the leader of your group.

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