Katlynn was the poor girl in school. I remember that her clothes were often not clean, and her hair often matted. She lived in a Super 8 motel room where her mother worked as a maid. Katrina and her two younger brothers attended the same school as me during elementary and middle school.
Katlynn was shy and rarely spoke. Looking back, I wonder if she was too distracted by hunger to socialize. She, and a few other kids in my school, received meal tickets, and it was one of the only meals they could reliably count on to get them through the week.
We often think of hunger as a homelessness issue. And it is. But there are a lot of kids who don’t know when they will receive their next meal. While some kids enjoy the holidays as a break from the school grind, kids facing hunger see holidays as a stressful time in which there isn’t enough to go around.
Children need warm meals to allow for proper growth and brain development.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 15.3 million children under 18 in the United States live in households where they are unable to consistently access enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy life.
Countless men, women and children go without a regular meal, even during the holidays.
With your help, we can get more food to people in need. Your gift helps find homes for perfectly good food that won’t be offered in stores, like oddly-shaped carrots.
I am raising money so that Food Lifeline can help feed people in need.
Food Lifeline ensures that each $1 you donate can provide five nutritious meals through their network of local food banks, meal programs and shelters. You can donate in someone else’s honor!
Having enough food to eat is comforting. With your help, we can get more food to people in need. Your gift helps find homes for perfectly good food that won’t be offered in stores, like oddly-shaped carrots.
Can you help me raise $1000 for the hungry this holiday season? Even sharing $10 will be a big help. Each $1 you donate can provide five nutritious meals through Food Lifeline’s network of local food banks, meal programs and shelters.
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Thank you for your generosity. Happy Holidays!