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Kids Against Hunger is a volunteer-driven effort to package and distribute humanitarian relief in communities worldwide where there is immediate need. We at Kids Against Hunger of Central Minnesota believe that every person can make a difference in the fight against national and global hunger. Knowing that everyone can have an impact, the Kids Against Hunger program has been created to give people an opportunity to have a hands-on part in food distribution. To this end, Kids Against Hunger harnesses volunteer groups - such as school, church, civic and scouting troops - to package our food and prepare it for distribution to areas of the world where crisis has struck and food is needed immediately. Kids Against Hunger is a short-term hunger solution

Kids Against Hunger partners with reputable organizations who know the communities in which they serve. We look for organizations who are meeting the immediate need while working on long-term solutions. Kids Against Hunger staff and liasons travel to the destinations to see first hand how the food is being distributed and how the organization they are partnering with is meeting that particular communities need.

The Kids Against Hunger of Central Minnesota program began March 1, 2003 as a small locally based satellite of its parent organization, Feeding Children International. However, before long, the idea of kids helping other kids to combat hunger grew in popularity. As a result, more than 2000 volunteers have packaged over 700,000 meals since opening on March 1, 2003!

Kids Against Hunger not only nourishes hungry children, but the spirit of its volunteers. Each week, as volunteers package hundreds of much-needed food servings, they also get a chance to talk, share, laugh and reconnect with one another through the program. More importantly, through their packaging efforts, volunteers learn and reaffirm the importance of looking beyond themselves and towards serving the needs of others.

 

 

Myths About Hunger

Myth #1: Individuals cannot affect the world hunger situation: only governments and very rich and powerful people can make the needed changes.

Fact: One person can feed 200 children for a day for around 10 cents per child.

Myth #2: There isn't enough food in the world to feed everyone.

Fact: There is enough food produced worldwide to supply every man, woman and child with 3,000 calories/day, the consumption of the average American. World hunger is a matter of poverty and accessibility, not production.

Myth #3: Hunger is the result of overpopulation. If people had fewer children, they would not be hungry.

Fact: Ironically, hunger is one of the causes of overpopulation. Poor families need children to increase the likelihood that some will live to help the family survive. High birth rates are a symptom of inadequate nutrition resulting in high child mortality. Sierra Leone Africa is rated #1 in the world for infant mortality due in large part to hunger and famine.

Myth #4: We need to take care of our own hungry and poor in America first, before we try to help others.

Fact: Our "global economy" means that "their" problems are our problems, and vice versa.  However, we are fortunate that only 7% of the world's malnourished children live in the U.S.   Kids Against Hunger of Central Minnesota distributes approximately 10% of the food packaged to area food shelves and feeding programs in Central Minnesota .

 

How You Can Help

Give Your Time

a) Coordinate a group packaging session to volunteer at our site in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota .

b) Spread the word about Kids Against Hunger by inviting us to speak to your school, church, professional group, club or any other group.

 

Give of Your Material Wealth

Financial donations are always needed.

 

Give of Your Prayer

a) Pray daily for destitute children and their families who are in peril. Pray for good health and our ability to increasingly nourish families in crisis.

b) Pray for our feeding program; for packaging and funding partners to help make the most of our feeding efforts.

 

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