Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Kids Against Hunger- Suggestion Six!

Phew! We're into week two of this money-saving madness (I ate my "meal out" this week this morning at breakfast with a bunch of folks from my church). So far, we're doing pretty well on the voting- Preemptive Love is ahead with 29 votes, Relationship Bridges International has 11 votes, World Neighbors has 10 and Citizen Effect and Feeding America both have 1. I thought I'd re-cap on the whole contest idea again.

I gave up eating out for a week- saving me $100. I'm only eating 1 meal out for the next 2 weeks- which means $80 each week. So, I'm pledging $260 (and am on the hunt for someone to match me 1-for-1!) to the organization that my readers choose! You suggested a handful to me last week- and I pledged to write a blog on each organization. When you comment on that blog you vote (1 vote per person per day)! Pretty simple right? If you like the organization, vote. Just "commenting" is a way for you to contribute to that organization's efforts.  So- start voting!





Thanks to a dear past teacher and friend, I discovered Kids Against Hunger.  She suggested it because a team of people in the Connecticut area team together pretty often (I think weekly?) to put together bagged lunches for kids in their community who are dealing with malnutrition.  Here's a brief bit about the organization:

The organization’s approach to achieving its goal - the eradication of world hunger - includes the packaging of a highly nutritious, vitamin-fortified soy-rice casserole by volunteers at numerous locations within the USA and Canada, and the distribution of those meals to starving children and their families in over 60 countries through partnerships with humanitarian organizations worldwide. In 2009 alone, volunteers at Kids Against Hunger’s food packaging centers across the USA packaged over 48 million meals for children and their families around the world and around the corner.
The Kids Against Hunger food packaging network consists of the organization’s International Headquarters office located in New Hope, MN (a suburb of Minneapolis), a Division in Mankato, MN, and about 80 independent non-profit food packaging "satellites" across the U.S. and Canada.
Think about it- your family in Whereeveryouareville, Texas can put together food packages for kids all around the world.  A very close family friend, Keith and his boys Richard and Mark just participated in an event in Connecticut. I spoke to Jill- the boys' mom- and she mentioned the powerful experience it was for her boys.

And here's something shocking about their financials.

COST OF THE MEALS:
The average program cost to produce each Kids Against Hunger meal is $0.23.

Each bag of food (390 grams) includes six one-cup servings.

Each 32 lb. box of food holds 36 bags of food. That is the equivalent of 216 meals at a program cost of only $50. Each 40 ft. container load of food includes 285,120 meals or 40 pallets of food at a program cost of approx. $65,000. 
Kids Against Hunger purchases the ingredients for its meals at very competitive prices through longstanding relationships with reliable suppliers. The necessary funds are raised through donations from individuals, corporations, churches, and other organizations. 
 $.23. So that means, if these guys win, we would be providing over 1,000 meals for kids who need it. So what do you think folks? Should they win the cash?

Cheers,

ACW

71 comments:

Anonymous said...

What an amazing organization!!

Anonymous said...

KAH is the best!

aimee said...

Hey Amy,

Whoa. This is so great, I love your idea! My vote is for Kids Against Hunger, although the other organizations are pretty phenomenal.
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Kids Against Hunger produces life saving meals at the cost of just 25 cents per meal (including shipping). The meals are made up of rice, soy, veggies, and 21 vitamins and minerals. The meals are capable of nourishing a starving child back to health in just a matter of months.

The hope is that the meals will provide a stable nutritional base from which families can progress from starvation to self-sufficiency.

Since our inception in September, we have produced over 50,000 meals. A large portion of these meals are delivered to local food pantries, and the remaining meals will be delivered to Swaziland this winter.

Kids Against Hunger is a practical way for everyone to become part of the solution to end world hunger. We all have a part to play in this campaign, so thanks for suggesting us!

Your cash money prize would translate into over 1,000 meals. Thanks, Amy!

Elizabeth Bergeron said...

Chirping in here is another KAH satellite in Cincinnati, OH. We have been in the business of feeding and packing for just over 2 years now. We've grown like crazy and have had over 1,000 volunteers pack. Best ministry for people to get involved in and actually do the work that will benefit so many. :) Thanks and hope this group is blessed as we have been.

Anonymous said...

this is a great group

Anonymous said...

1,2,3,4... hunger no more! i believe in KAH and in it's importance in the fight to alleviate starving bellies. one child dying from hunger every 6 seconds is disturbing and we have the power to put an end to it.

Anonymous said...

December 12th. Another pack. Let's go for it!

Anonymous said...

KAH is phenomenal. $260 can feed 1,000 people. How is this even debatable?

Adam said...

KAH FTW!

rhannibal said...

Since I made a suggestion, I need to vote! Love what this organization does.

Anonymous said...

this cause is worth it

Anonymous said...

KAH YES!

Anonymous said...

KAH is a wonderful opportunity to serve your community

Anonymous said...

vote for KAH

Anonymous said...

KAH is an amazing organization! It is a great way to physically take part in making a difference for world hunger!

Anonymous said...

Great to see whole families working together to assembly the bags of food. What a great experience for the kids to know they are making a difference in helping feed other kids!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful organization,and what a way to give back for all we have been blessed with. Vote and help to feed those who are waiting for our help

Anonymous said...

Kids against hunger is awesome. It is actually fun packing those bags and realizing how many meals one person can provide in a short two hours.

Anonymous said...

kah is a wonderful organization!

Anonymous said...

KAH is an amazing organization and Aimee and Brett are amazing people! Everyone sign up for the next packing session. Being a part of this is a real blessing!

Anonymous said...

keep that food coming

Anonymous said...

KAH worth every minute of your time
feed starving children

Anonymous said...

10 % of the KAH food goes to local organizations in need

Anonymous said...

bring your family and participate in a pack - December 11

Anonymous said...

We pack about every 3rd Saturday in a morning and an afternoon 2 hour assembly line shift. The outright majority has been going to Swaziland so far with about 10% going to Bridgeport Rescue Mission. kidsagainsthungerct.com is a great organization. Posted by D. Hannibal

Anonymous said...

definately think KAH deserves the honor of your fasting money!

Anonymous said...

worth every minute of your time

Anonymous said...

do it! you will be blessed

Anonymous said...

vote for KAH

Anonymous said...

support KAH feeding starving children

Anonymous said...

help feed the hungry kah!

Anonymous said...

please help by packing at KAH Dec 11

Anonymous said...

yes kah is for feeding hungry people

Anonymous said...

help get the votes
feed starving children locally and abroad

Anonymous said...

kah yeah!

Riley said...

this is a great idea to fast and give the money away. my vote is for KAH.

Anonymous said...

Kids Against Hunger. You have my vote!

Anonymous said...

Go Kids Against Hunger!

Anonymous said...

Kids Against Hunger has my vote!

J Arascunaga said...

Kids Against Hunger!

Anonymous said...

Go for it, Kids Against Hunger!

Grace said...

Go KAH!

Grace said...

Hope they win!!

Anonymous said...

KAH has my vote!

Anonymous said...

KAH has my vote!

Anonymous said...

kah! do it!

Anonymous said...

feed the hungry

Anonymous said...

KAH is the best.

Anonymous said...

feed starving children KAH

Anonymous said...

kah is worth your time and energy

Anonymous said...

kah has my vote

Anonymous said...

KAH has my vote. Go Aimee and Brett. I hope your cause wins the money!!!

Anonymous said...

Good luck Kids Against Hunger!

Anonymous said...

great idea to fast
kah gets my vote

Anonymous said...

please vote for kids against hunger
this money will feed starving children in the US and abroad

Anonymous said...

if KAH wins, the money will provide for over 1000 meals

Anonymous said...

if KAH wins, the money will provide for over 1000 meals

Anonymous said...

give a little of your time....come pack, save starving children

Anonymous said...

My vote is for KAH! :)

Anonymous said...

KAH has my vote!

Anonymous said...

KAH, yeah!

Anonymous said...

May God be glorified and children be fed!

Elizabeth Bergeron said...

Go KAH!

Anonymous said...

KAH!

Anonymous said...

Kids Against Hunger has my vote too!

Leah said...

This is certainly "speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute."

So encouraging! Go Kids Against Hunger!

Anonymous said...

KAH is #1!

Jaym said...

GO KAH!

Jaym said...

GO KAH!

gadz1k said...

KAH FTW!!!

Amy Carol Wolff said...

Folks,

I've gotten a bunch of comments today (Dec. 1) and unfortunately the contest is now over as of 12:00AM this morning. And the winner was Preemptive Love Coalition.

Thank you for your support of KAH!

Cheers,

ACW