“Texas ranks 3rd in the nation for food insecurity, meaning one in five adults and one in four children in our state are hungry,” says Texas Department of Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples. “That is simply unacceptable.”
A plummeting economy and spiraling unemployment have left hundreds of Houston families struggling with the bare essentials. Kids’ Meals is stepping into the gap, delivering nutritious meals to kids in an attempt to stomp out hunger in Houston.
Today Kids’ Meals provides lunches to over 1,200 pre-school aged children living in poverty who otherwise might never see a nutritious meal. The program runs Monday through Friday all year long, helping to close the gap between families’ income and the needs of their growing kids. But it’s not enough.
“The need for Kids’ Meals is ever-growing due to the increase of food and gas prices as well as the slowing economy,” says Kids’ Meals spokesperson Bonnie Leach. “Layoffs and downsizing have more families finding themselves in need of food. We hope to be the first city to have no hungry children.”
“Kids’ Meals has hundreds of children on their waiting list ready to be fed,” adds Leach. “[We] need your support through donations, volunteer time and spreading the word.”
For less than $1.50 a day a nutritious lunch will be delivered to a hungry child, free of charge to each family.
“”Kids’ Meals needs your support through donations, volunteering your time and spreading the word by helping us fulfill our mission of ending hunger among Houston area children,” states Leach.
For more information on Kids’ Meals visit them on the web at www.KidsMealsHouston.org.