Monthly Archives: August 2015

Next PTC Meeting August 23

Join us for our next Promise the Children meeting on August 23 at 9:00 am at UUCA! 
 
We are a fun dedicated group looking to make a difference in the lives of children.  We have hundreds of volunteers working on a wide range of issues with a single goal — to improve the lives of children.  We have an open quarterly Promise the Children Leadership Team meeting that is open to everyone — mark your calendar and come dream about the possibilities with us!  Contact Beth Stevenson for more information at promisethechildren@uuca.org.

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Join us in … Blessing All Children’s Backpacks!

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August 3, 2015 · 10:40 am

Snack in a Backpack: UUCA Partners with Glenn Memorial to Fight Childhood Hunger in Atlanta.

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Childhood hunger is all too real. Anyone working with children and the issues that concern them understands that poverty and hunger go hand-in-hand. Georgia has the 6th highest rate of childhood poverty in the U.S. and, in 2014, ranked 47th for food insecurity.  More than 1 in 4 of Georgia’s children are food insecure!

School lunch (and breakfast) programs and SNAP programs are critically important in helping to feed the many children living in poverty.  But these programs are underfunded and, combined with limited access to healthy foods, children and their families continue to experience days without adequate or nutritious food.

 
Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church at Emory has studied food insecurity in various Atlanta neighborhoods. By talking with residents and other organizations, they found that hunger peaks on weekends and in summer months when school meal programs are not available.  Volunteers and staff worked together to develop a program called “Snack in a Backpack” that delivered packs filled with nutritious snacks and non-perishable proteins to children in neighborhoods that Glenn had been working in.  The deliveries were made on Fridays to ensure the children had food for the weekend.  Follow-up research showed that the program was highly valued by families receiving the packs in that the food helped fill gaps in their limited food budgets.
UUCA’s Promise the Children is teaming up to support Glenn Memorial’s “Snack in a Backpack” program this fall. (We already work closely with them with our own UUCA Hope-Hill/Partners in Education work!)  Snack in a Backpack is a great partner activity — Glenn Memorial has wisely sought input directly from the targeted communities and focused attention on improving the efficiency of its program to deliver the right snacks at the right time.  They work closely with the Atlanta Community Food Bank and many volunteers throughout the area.

UUCA is excited to be able to hit the ground running by supporting this fine program.  Look for more details to learn how you and your friends can help support Snack in a Backpack as we schedule dates to fill the packs, and begin collecting donations of money and specific food items used in the program.  If you have any questions, contact Evelyn Brewer at evelyn.brewer@gmail.com or 404-310-9833

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Lunching and Learning! Children and Youth in the Foster Care System

lunch and learnThanks to everyone who helped and the more than 20 people who attended the June 14th Promise the Children Lunch and Learn.  Great turn out, good food and exciting discussion for and about a group of children and young people with great needs. Athens UU David Meyers with the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at UGA helped us think more about how we might work to support homeless and foster youth who are moving on to post-secondary education.  Some of our UUCA members with foster care experience added personal expertise and wisdom. St. Bart’s congregation is interested in partnering with us and Jo Mitchell is helping to explore our next steps. Let us know if you are interested in joining us as we figure out some real and effective ways to make a difference! Contact us at promisethechildren@uuca.org.

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