The No Kid Hungry Project
Organized by: Kiley Hoppe
Imagine for a moment that it is dinnertime and you are ready to prepare a meal for your family but find that you have nothing to eat. Your refrigerator is empty and your pantry is bare. Do you find it difficult to even fathom such circumstances? I know I do. As someone very fortunate to have never experienced the ache of hunger, I found it shocking that 1 in 6 adults and 1 in 4 children across America go hungry. Food is a basic necessity that I believe no person- and especially no child- should have to live without. If you agree, please keep reading to see what you can do to help.
Hunger is not a new problem, and several national organizations do a great job fighting to end it, but I feel that eradicating hunger starts on the local level. Last year, my mother and I launched the No Kid Hungry Project as a campaign to stop hunger in our community. We began our efforts with a Community Thanksgiving Meal and provided food and fellowship to nearly 600 people on Thanksgiving Day. Truly amazing was the way the community banded together to make it happen; we received more volunteers and support than we ever could have imagined. The No Kid Hungry Project has taken over my community and involved people from all different walks of life.
After seeing the great need in the community, the idea for the Bus Stop Cafe was born. This summer, we were so blessed to have been able to convert a school bus into a mobile cafeteria and serve school age children two meals daily every week day during the break. Again, we were very successful in reaching those in need as we served between 50 and 100 students each day making six stops throughout the community. The kids truly captured our hearts and left us wanting to do more to help. We are currently working on plans to add new projects and are looking for your contributions to do so, as well as to continue funding our current programs. Thank you for your support and rest assured knowing that ALL donations go to feeding those battling hunger.