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“It’s crazy, isn’t it, that any child ever goes to bed hungry?” – Rev Kären Rasmussen
No Child Goes Hungry (NCGH) 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.
No Child Goes Hungry works to eliminate childhood hunger, one kid, one meal at a time. We currently provide grant money and mentorship for organizations building hunger advocacy programs that tackle the problem of local food insecurity. 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. No Child Goes Hungry is now ready to expand into congregational Religious Exploration to accompany our mentorship program. Every dollar raised in this campaign allows us to empower more Unitarian Universalist congregations to build hunger-relief programs.
Beginning in the fall of 2018, NCGH plans to develop a Religious Exploration curriculum to provide resources for congregations to support a No Child Goes Hungry Sunday and a No Child Goes Hungry Family Workshop Day. These resources include flexible lesson plans for large and small groups from preschool through adult with options for mixed-age groups, lesson extensions, and links to additional, useful resources. Each lesson will reference our Seven Principles or Six Sources. There are four Core RE Components NCGH would like to develop:
- Introduction of No Child Goes Hungry to the Congregational RE Community: Information will be provided about childhood hunger in the United States, the work and mission of NCGH and how congregations can build and promote hunger relief activities within their communities. These materials will be downloadable and include fact sheets, a video that highlights the NCGH mission and vision, and activity guides for projects such as food drives to serve as introductions for hunger-relief efforts.
- Time for All Ages Stories: We will create stand-alone stories that support the sermon, downloadable off our website that religious educators can use within a service to introduce the topics of hunger and hunger-relief.
- Children’s Chapel Services and Workshops for Children, Youth and Families: Materials from NCGH will include Children’s Chapel services (including chalice lighting, songs, story, reflection, and closing) and workshops with ready-to-use (or customizable) activities for Preschool to Grade 1; and Gr. 2-5. In addition, separate related workshops for Gr. 6-8 and Gr. 9-12 as well as one intergenerational activity will be provided.
- Family “No Child Goes Hungry” Workshop Day: NCGH will develop various activities to support a workshop day where families come together to learn about local childhood hunger issues and how to alleviate hunger. The program will include family-friendly activities as well as separate children’s activities for work in smaller groups in age-appropriate settings. At the conclusion of the workshop, the congregation will have an action list from which to move forward with a sustainable hunger-relief plan.
By creating all of the Religious Exploration materials to support a No Child Goes Hungry Sunday and a No Child Goes Hungry Family Workshop Day, we can build additional support for congregations who want to tackle the challenge of hunger-relief in their communities and expand the impact of No Child Goes Hungry. By building effective and sustainable hunger-relief programs in their congregations, Unitarian Universalists all over this country can change the lives of so many children.
We anticipate a total cost of $4,000 to fully fund this initiative. All money raised during this campaign will go directly towards building the Religious Exploration curriculum, website upgrade, video production, and newsletter creation.
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.
Let’s Feed Some Kids!