Even with food banks, food stamps and wealthy churches on nearly every corner, Utah children still go to bed hungry…
In a cramped, dimly lit basement apartment in a Murray complex a few blocks from Interstate 15, a single mother and her daughter curl up on a worn blue sofa and talk about hunger. For six months, Jane put her two daughters to bed hungry on the weekends. “Almost every night, I was hungry,” 10-year-old Lulu says. (The family requested anonymity to talk about their experiences.) Read the full story in Salt Lake City Weekly.
Lynda Brown has been a Murray resident for 43 years, worked as an RN and then was a president of her own successful business before becoming a Dun and Bradstreet seminar facilitator. She is a huge supporter of the Boys and Girls Club. She started the program Kids Eat! Utah when she overheard staff at the Boys and Girls Club talking about kids stealing food out of their pantry. That’s when she thought to herself, “Why were kids stealing if they weren’t hungry?”
Brown was already providing after- school snacks for kids in the Murray Club, and she felt like this was one more thing she could do…
Read more about the impact the Kids Eat Utah program is making in the lives of so many in need within our communities.
In spite of the tremendous prosperity we see around us, there are still so many who struggle day to day to provide the basic necessities for their families. We all strive to make a difference in this world and to that end, Solutionreach decided to partner with KidsEat! Utah to conduct a food drive to benefit local children. Studies have shown that over 150,000 children in Utah homes are “food insecure” – which means their family cannot rely on access to food year-round. Many children rely upon school meal programs to provide regular meals – but weekends and summer months when they are not in school create challenges. Unfortunately, these kids face a gap in meals over a weekend. KidsEat! is unique in that they provide “food backpacks” to children and families to assist in providing food over weekends. KidsEat! is a grass roots effort that relies upon food donations to supply food to 40-50 families each weekend.
Solutionaries were called upon and came together to support this worthy effort! Thank you to all who gave so generously of their time, money, and food!
To learn more about KidsEat!, please visit their website at www.kidseatutah.org.