The kids meal-support in the fight against childhood hunger.
"Texas, unfortunately, is number one in our nation for food insecurity for children, according to The Houston Food Bank. In Harris County, there is an estimated poverty rate of 16.4% for individuals, but children under five are disproportionately affected by a poverty rate of 25.7% ...at 28.2% - 1,871,600 children are living in food insecure homes."
"The mission of Kids' Meals, Inc. is to end hunger among children by delivering nutritious meals to the doors of children in need, free of cost, year-round."
The need for Kids' Meals is ever-growing due to the increase of food and gas prices as well as the slowing economy. Layoffs and downsizing have more families finding themselves in need of food. Kids' Meals has hundreds of children on their waiting list ready to be fed.
The first meals on wheels program for children started in 1984.
In 2010, Kids' Meals delivered OVER 343,340 lunches with a staff of eight and with the help of over 9,000 volunteers!
Kids' Meals delivers to 1,400 pre-school aged children, living in poverty who are in need of food. Kids Meals delivers nutritious meals directly to the homes of these hungry children, Monday through Friday, year-round. The lunches are free of cost to each family. They deliver lunches out of 2 locations. They are located inside two Neighborhood Centers (Independence Heights and East Houston, Ripley House).
They also do additional services that complement their meals on wheels program.
Delivery of bags of groceries to families which include fresh fruits and vegetables.
Delivery of Thanksgiving turkey baskets.
Hosting Christmas parties and toy giveaways.
Taking the kids on outings to the Houston Rockets, Houston Dynamos, Mitzvah Day, Nutcracker Ballet, and the Children’s Museum.
Providing school supplies they need when starting school.
Provide family resource referrals to assist with needs such as GEDs, medical, counseling, meal planning, and budget planning.
For more information, please visit www.kidsmealshouston.org