Category Archives: Help for Homeless and Struggling Families
Best reason to Walk for Hunger on Sun. March 13?
- a) The festive food & fun (esp. for kids).
- b) The money raised for our YO Boulevard! Food Co-op.
- c) The chance to support a good cause even if you can’t walk!
- d) All of the above.
Info: Call Annie at (404)373-0434. And Sonya at (404) 293-3883. Stop at the Promise the Children social hall table this Sunday (March 6) for a flyer.
Act fast! The walk is after church on March 13 (soon!!!!)
Here’s the Story
Next Sunday after church, UUCA families and friends are joining the YO Boulevard! Food Co-op to walk or run in the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s WALK for HUNGER at Turner Field (March 13). It should be a lot of fun for the UUCA team, and it’s for a very good cause.
UUCA helped start this food co-op in the Old Fourth Ward three years ago. It is run by seniors living in the low – income Cosby Spears Tower on North Avenue.
The goal is to raise $5,000 via walkers and runners (and donations!!) to provide more fresh fruits, vegetables and protein to the co-op.* The money will be banked at Atlanta Community Food Bank to provide much needed food support to the original co-op group AND a new group of 20 families.
Register / donate online at: www.hungerwalkrun.org. Very Important! First find and then register under our team: “Hot Sauce in the City” in the list of teams . . so the money goes to the YO! Boulevard Food Co-op.
Quick facts…. Food and entertainment start at Turner Field from noon – 2. Walk/run starts at 2 and is 2.5 miles thru downtown Atlanta, then back to Turner Field. It’s all over before 4 p.m. Strollers ok. If you plan to go, coordinate with Sonya and Annie to find the UUCA banner at the field.
* The difference between a food pantry and a food co-op is important. A food pantry gives the food away. A co-op has limited membership (about 20), who pay a small monthly fee ($5) , and who bag and distribute the food to themselves. (This is called “learning how to fish”!!!)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-310-9833
The “Ask”: Call or write Governor Deal to thank him for prioritizing the Child Welfare Council Reforms in his budget request and for (once again) increasing the funding to the Juvenile Justice Incentive Grants.
The Why: Child Protective Service (CPS), foster care support, as well as DFCS (Division of Family and Children Services) workforce support and development, have been underfunded for ages. It is a complicated agency that has a really hard mission, and our children and families deserve the best supports they can get. Georgia needs to value those who check in on and protect children on a day to day basis.
“Dear Governor Deal, As a citizen of this great state, I want to thank you for your thoughtful approach to protecting and helping our children with your budget requests based on the Child Welfare Reform Council recommendations and for further increases in the community-based programs for young offenders. The sustained support for some of our most vulnerable children and teens is very much appreciated and valued. Thank you.”
The How: Click here to contact Governor Deal by webmail with the message above (or something similar), or call his office at 404 -656-1776. Or stop at the PTC Advocacy Table on Sunday! Questions? Email PromiseTheChildren@uuca.org.
UUCA is participating in the Interfaith Children’s Movement’s DAY AT THE CAPITOL – Wed. February 4.
Advocacy in a group won’t make you nervous and is quite a lot of fun.
ICM is calling upon the interfaith community to “Have a Heart for Children” at ICM Day at the Capitol on Wed. February 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.) Let’s speak up for Georgia’s children!
Why are we speaking up? Take a look.
We will gather at Trinity United Methodist Church, 265 Washington Street, SW, Atlanta, 30303, located immediately down the street from the State Capitol.
About the Day
9:00 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Orientation and Legislative Briefing
12:30 p.m. – Lunch and debriefing To REGISTER just send an email to PromiseTheChildren@uuca.org. The last day to register is February 2, 2015. For more detailed information about the day, go to ICM Day at the Capitol 2015 .
Parking is limited around the Capitol area, so we plan to carpool from UUCA.