Houston non-profit fights hunger one family at time
Written by Jonah Baker on July 20, 2021
By Jonah Baker
A Houston non-profit organization is fighting daily to break the cycle of hunger and a statistic that ranks the Bayou City as fifth for children living with food insecurity.
During the week, Kids Meal Inc. targets the city’s most vulnerable residents to provide meals to children ages 5 and under. During the holidays or summertime when school is out, the organization provides meals to siblings up to the age of 18.
“We’re seeing two and three families per household” Operations Coordinator Olivia Cunningham said, “they tell us hey my family had to come they got evicted and they lost their job”.
Kids Meal Inc. started in 2006 and organizers project that they have delivered more than 8 million free meals to families in the 42 Houston area zip codes that they service.
“All of our families live in in poverty stricken neighborhoods a lot of our families have no transportation and also live in food deserts so the fact that we deliver directly to their homes is a super important part to our organization” Chief Development Officer Cynthia Stielow said.
The organization is now raising capital to purchase and renovate a new facility. They say that it would allow the organization to make and deliver 26,000 meals a day by 2031 compared to the now estimated 7,000 meals a day.
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