Kids of HOPE is supported by the following foundations:
Having a large family on one income is a challenge, especially in today's economy. We have never experienced anything like this before, and didn’t realize we wouldn’t qualify for other programs, and so glad we found HOPE. We are so blessed by the gifts that you and generous donors provided. We could never thank you enough for your kindness, thoughtfulness and generosity. It means so much to us - Client Family of HOPE
There are thousands of children in Seminole County that receive free or reduced lunches at school, but what do they eat when they are on break or off for the summer?
The sad truth is, many of these children would go without.
WHO WE SERVE...
During the school year, economically disadvantaged children have access to healthy lunches through their eligibility for the federal Free/Reduced School Lunch Program. During school breaks, these children may be home alone while their parents work or lack the financial resources to stock the fridge with food for their children. The negative economy has hit thousands of Seminole County families hard. At the same time that basic costs for food, utilities and gas have escalated, parents have lost their jobs, had their hours reduced, and may be living on the edge of poverty. Very often after paying the rent, the utilities, and other basics, there is simply no money left for such essentials as food.
At HOPE’s Food Pantry, we provide free meat, produce, bread, and non-perishable food three days per week, including Saturday, to registered families in Seminole County. While serving our families in the food pantry, we hear about their struggles first hand and identified an increased need to feed the children of our community. In 2009, a soft launch of the “Kids of HOPE” summer lunch program began. Since its inception, HOPE has served over 2,500 economically disadvantaged children, who may have gone without lunch.
The program has proven to be a success in our community. Although several other programs provide food for children during school and breaks, HOPE understands the weight should not be put on children to bring home food for themselves or their families. The need for food is sometimes an indication of other needs in the home. The Kids of HOPE program provides the parents of our registered children access to additional resources. Once the parents meet with a case manager and receive initial intake, they are provided with access to job search, food stamp applications, and a plan to meet regularly with HOPE case managers, to help them back to self-sufficiency, and provide a good foundation for their children for years to come.
Our Food Pantry Coordinator has worked diligently to assure our “Kids of HOPE” are given healthy eating options, by providing foods with less sugar and salt, and more protein and healthy snacks. The program is supported by private foundations, community grants, churches, and individuals from the community.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
During each school break throughout the year (13 weeks), registered families pick up a week’s worth of free lunches for their children, and have access to a case manager. Toward the end of the summer program, these families are then invited to take part in the annual Kids of HOPE Back to School Bash, where they receive everything a child needs to start their first day of school just like any other kid!
You can help us run the Kids of HOPE Program:
SPONSOR A CHILD!
Your gift of:
$7.50 helps provide a child food for an entire week they are out of school!
$100 helps provide food for a child for each break they are out of school for a year!
Donate the Big Lunch!
$4,000 helps provide food for every child in the Kids of HOPE Program for a week they are out of school!
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VOLUNTEER FOR THE KIDS!
You can help by donating funds, volunteering your time by packing and distributing lunches during school breaks and sponsoring a week or year for Kids of HOPE. Sponsoring is the most cost-effective way to provide lunches to the children, as HOPE can purchase the healthy lunch items at a much lower cost than the general public.
Healthy lunch items include:
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HOPE IS PROUD TO BE A 6TH YEAR RECIPIENT OF DISNEY GRANTS!