Space Coast Child Hunger Summit
Wednesday, September 6th
8:30am - 12:00pm
Knights of Columbus Hall in Rockledge
We could not succeed without the support of the faith-based community. It is for that reason that we invite faith leaders to the Space Coast Child Hunger Summit.
When a congregation hears their leaders tell them that there are children going hungry in their own back yard, it impacts them deeply. A powerful group of knowledgeable speakers provides a fast-paced explanation of the hunger and malnutrition problem that exists among children in Brevard.
Participants learn that many kids in Brevard do not eat regularly. Children are on a waiting list for food to get them through weekends.
"This program allows us peace of mind,” said Barbara Martin, the assistant principal at Riverview School in Titusville. “This project has brought the community together. It’s not a hand-out. It’s a hand up.”
Many children in Brevard go home to bare cupboards or an empty refrigerator; other school-age children are homeless. For some of them, lunch on Friday is the last regular meal they receive until the following Monday. That's 68 hours from the time kids receive free lunch at school on Friday until they receive free breakfast at school Monday morning,
The Children's Hunger Project provides 1500+ weekend food packages of items that do not require cooking or refrigeration, and are easy for a child's hands to open. However, even 1500 weekend meals does not meet the needs of feeding all hungry school children in Brevard.
A study at Tufts University showed that even moderate under-nutrition can have lasting effects on the development of a child's brain. The study showed that food insecurity was associated with grade repetition, absenteeism, tardiness, anxiety, aggression and poor math scores.
Corky Calhoun, pastor of Georgianna United Methodist Church in Merritt Island, said "We feel that this is our responsibility. I believe you do for one what you wish you could do for everyone."
Kay Adams, a retired counselor from Titusville High, said she volunteers with the organization packaging and delivering the food to schools because she has seen hungry children even among the older ones. "It's just the love of children," she said. "It feels good to be able to help children."
It takes $150 to provide packaged meals to one child each weekend for an entire school year. It's not a hand out. It's a hand up.
The absolute most important key to a good education is not good parents, although good parents are important. It is not good health care, although that is certainly important. It is not even good schools, although that is important. The foundation to success in education is nutrition to enable the cognitive development of the child's brain. Join us at the Space Coast Child Hunger Summit to learn more about how your organization can help.