Food and Nutrition Service,
A staggering 15.3 million American children live in food insecure households. Right here in our own country, maybe even in your own neighborhood, there are children who have become used to living with the sounds of a growling stomach. These are kids who aren’t lucky enough to be picky eaters; who don’t have the luxury of asking “What’s for dinner tonight?” but instead, ask “Are we having dinner tonight?” (more…)
“Food is national security. Food is economy. It is employment, energy, history. Food is everything.” — Chef José Andrés
Food is an integral part of our everyday lives. However, the sad reality for many families is that the ability to provide one of life’s basic necessities to their children is barely, if at all, feasible. While programs put into place during the school year take the strain off of parents and caretakers only about 18 percent of eligible students participate in summer feeding programs according to the United States Department of Agriculture. (more…)
Why do so many of our favorite memories involve sharing a meal or a snack or a drink with family and friends? How is it that so many special occasions are punctuated with love, kinship, hospitality…and a great meal? Why do we feel the adrenaline rush when we try something new and exciting and delicious….and we love it so much we take a photograph to share with our kindred spirits across the world?
Did you know that children are at risk of going hungry in Los Angeles County more than in any other county in the nation based on a report from Feeding America? According to Share Our Strength, more than 1 million children and teens in Los Angeles are eligible for subsidized meals and may be at risk of hunger, especially during the summer months. Of those, 650,000, more than half, are considered “food insecure.”
“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.”
~ Dr. Maya Angelou
It is one thing to read an article or hear a news story about hunger; however, it’s another thing to witness it firsthand. More than 16 million children live in households that lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis. According to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, 1 in 7.5 people, or an estimated 755,400 people, in metro Atlanta and north Georgia turn to food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families each year. This includes more than 164,000 children! Together with the Sodexo Feeding Our Future program, the Andrew and Walter Young Family YMCA is working to combat childhood hunger in Atlanta by providing meals to those children most at risk of food insecurity during the summer months.
Ever wonder what it takes to provide over 20,000 meals for a community in one summer? This video will give you a glimpse into how our dedicated team at Texas Christian University makes this happen:
Northwestern Dining knows the importance of giving back to our community. We are involved in many initiatives that aim to improve the quality of life of those around us, not only on the Northwestern University campus, but also within the Evanston and Chicagoland communities. One partnership that I work closely with is the Campus Kitchen at Northwestern University.
“We are the world. We are the children. We are the ones who make a brighter day. So let’s start giving…”