Team Childhood Hunger Supporters
September 13, 2017
THE CLARENCE DEMAR MARATHON INC wrote -
It is shocking to realize that children in our community go to bed hungry and malnourished. In our state, 1 in 5 households experience food insecurity. Food pantries and emergency food services are turned to an increasingly alarming rate- 146,000 recipients last year alone more than doubles usage over the past 6 years. And although there seems to be enough healthy food to go around, many families can not afford it or can not access it. Children can, ironically, be overweight and hungry simultaneously. Hunger takes its toll on the bodies and minds of our children as behavioral and learning problems go hand in hand with poor nutrition, threatening the opportunities and successful development of our future generation. In 2016 Keene Elm City Rotary had heard enough and knew that this problem could no longer go unchallenged. Building upon our mission of supporting the health and well-being of our community's youth we formed MUCH (Monadnock Understands Childhood Hunger) a think tank of rotarians, leaders and professionals in the field of childhood hunger. From MUCH work has come the critical knowledge that summer is a time of great need for hungry children. This summer we will be launching “Partners at the Table”, a summer feeding program in conjunction with the Keene Community Kitchen. With the help of Monadnock Radio Group, this year's Thanksgiving in July will kick off an intense public awareness campaign along with a food and dollar drive for our “Partners at the Table” summer program. In addition, every dollars raised by Team DeMar- Team Childhood Hunger will go towards our goal of every child, every meal, 3 times a day. Summer should be a time of fun and healthy growth for our children. We thank you for helping make this possible and helping our goal become a reality.