No Child Goes Hungry

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Crowdfunding Completed: December 29, 2017

Amount Funded: $5125

Project Owner: No Child Goes Hungry

Short Description of Project

It’s crazy isn’t it, that any child goes to bed hungry? No Child Goes Hungry works to eliminate childhood hunger, one kid, one meal at a time.

How was this project connected to UU?

How Does Your Project Claim Unitarian Universalism?

Our Unitarian Universalist values and principles figure prominently into the very mission of No Child Goes Hungry. Our 1st , 2nd, 6th, and 7th principles are especially salient to our work. In our principles, we talk of the dignity of every person. Shouldn’t we all have the dignity of being food secure? As Unitarian Universalists, we also believe we are inherently called to eliminate suffering. Providing food for those most in need is one way we can do that.

How Is Your Project Claimed by Unitarian Universalism?

Our founder, Rev. Kären Rasmussen is a Unitarian Universalist minister who has spent a considerable amount of time in her ministry working to alleviate hunger in the communities she serves. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for Britepaths, an organization in Fairfax, VA that helps stabilize low-income, working families in crisis. When Rev. Kären first envisioned No Child Goes Hungry, she joined the Entrepreneurial Ministry training program where, in addition to learning how to build her non-profit, she developed relationships with other Unitarian Universalists working to make this world a better place for all.

No Child Goes Hungry provided grants to several Unitarian Universalist congregations as well as one Unitarian Universalist teen working to eliminate hunger in her high school in the past year. As we are all one in the interconnected web, we have also provided grants to multiple faith-based organizations and other groups interested in tackling childhood hunger in their communities.

No Child Goes Hungry believes it is our social responsibility to eradicate hunger in all forms. No child, regardless of age, race, creed, economic status, or geographical location should ever go to bed hungry. Turning to our Unitarian Universal principles, we feel called to support the right of every child to play, grow, learn and love without the devastating effects of hunger. One person can make a difference; one donation can make a difference. We can change our world one community at a time simply by feeding our children.

Full Description of Project

“It’s crazy, isn’t it, that any child ever goes to bed hungry?” – Rev Kären Rasmussen

As we prepare for the abundance of Thanksgiving and the joy of the December holidays, it can be hard to remember that many around us struggle to obtain even the most basic necessities, like consistent, reliable sources of food. Many families rely on their local schools to provide meals for their children throughout the week but have few resources over weekends, school holidays and unexpected days off, like snow days.

No Child Goes Hungry (NCGH) works to eliminate childhood hunger, one kid, one meal at a time. We provide grant money and mentorship for organizations building hunger advocacy programs that tackle the problem of local food insecurity. We’re proud that 100% of your tax-deductible donation goes directly to feeding hungry kids.

NEW FOR 2017: If we reach our goal of $5,000, an anonymous donor has offered to match those funds, doubling our impact in local communities!

Since our initial Faithify campaign in 2016, we’ve impacted several communities and partnered with some amazing people committed to ending childhood hunger in their neighborhoods. Here is a small sample of the work we empowered in the last year:

Maddie, a high school student in Howard County, Maryland, opened a food pantry in her own school for students and their families. She used her grant from NCGH to buy the shelving and storage equipment needed to organize the donations she collected. Maddie looks forward to creating a self-sufficient program that will continue to help students even after she graduates.
The Mount Vernon Unitarian Church and The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA VA), both located in Alexandria, VA partnered together and used a grant supplied by NCGH to start the ICNA Relief Food Panty project benefiting local children and their families by creating more food security for them.
Friends of Guest House, located in Alexandria, VA provides comprehensive support to women reentering the community after incarceration. This summer, Friends of Guest House provided a year-end barbecue for the women and their families served by all FOGH programs (Residential, Aftercare, and Outreach) and used money from their No Child Goes Hungry grant to buy food, drinks and snacks for all.
River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Bethesda, Maryland partners with South Lake Elementary School, adding funds to children’s lunch accounts with low or zero balances when families can’t afford to replenish the accounts. Children who have no money in their accounts don’t eat lunch. Funds discreetly added to these accounts ensure children eat healthy meals at lunchtime. So far, this program has provided several hundred meals to children who otherwise may have gone hungry during the school day.
In Winchester, MA, The Winchester Unitarian Society partnered with Winchester Got Lunch, a grassroots organization who provides groceries in the summer to local households with children who are eligible for free or reduced-lunch in the public school system. This guarantees that low-income children in town are fed all year round.
Although No Child Goes Hungry funded some fantastic projects in this last year, there is still so much more we can do to alleviate childhood hunger.

No Child Goes Hungry is the brainchild of Rev. Kären Rasmussen, who currently serves as the director of the organization. While working with other hunger-relief and poverty support organizations, Kären became aware of just how problematic hunger is, particularly for children. Because of this, she envisioned a world where no child would go to bed hungry.

There is a particular need to provide food for children on weekends, school holidays, school closures due to events like snow days, and summer, when government-provided free and reduced-price school lunches are not available.

And yet, feeding these children is surprisingly uncomplicated and inexpensive. A donation of just $8.00 feeds a child for an entire weekend. That’s about the price of a fancy coffee and a pastry. For only $16.00, we can feed all the children in a household for that same weekend. Every dollar raised in this campaign allows us to empower more Unitarian Universalist congregations to build hunger-relief programs.

By providing grant money and mentorship, NCGH seeks to inspire, encourage, and support faith-based organizations and community outreach groups who are standing up to make sure no child goes to bed hungry.

To learn more about No Child Goes Hungry, please visit our website at www.NoChildGoesHungry.net

If you’d like to make a donation in someone’s name, please contact Rev. Kären at info@NoChildGoesHungry.net and she will happily provide a gift card for the recipient.

During the holidays we have the opportunity to share our abundance with others less fortunate than ourselves. Please consider making a donation so that more families can celebrate food security.

Let’s Feed Some Kids!