YOU CAN NOT TELL A CHILD YOU GAVE THEM FOOD YESTERDAY!
- 62% of Cincinnati children qualify for food assistance (3rd worst nationally).
- Food insecure children are76% more likely to have cognitive, language, and behavior problems.
- Demographic is 90% black, 7% Hispanic, and 3% white.
- Impacted neighborhoods are characterized by:
CHILDHOOD POVERTY COSTS $1.3 TRILLION A YEAR!
- “Impoverished children grow up having fewer skills and are thus less able to contribute to the productivity of the economy”.
- “They are also more likely to experience frequent health care problems and to engage in crime”.
- “These costs are borne directly by the children, but ultimately by the wider society as well”.
- It is estimated that for every dollar spent on reducing childhood poverty, the country will save at least $7 with respect to the economic costs of poverty”.
PROGRESS TO DATE
WE ARE THE VILLAGE
Farmer’s Markets at School
- Quarterly farmer’s markets on school sites bringing fresh produce at 50% of retail prices to school families
- Provide raised beds for an edible garden and hydroponic growing solutions to teach children to grow food
- Daily healthy snack/fruit for inner city school students
- Bag of apples and oranges for each student for weekends, holiday breaks & remote learning breaks
- delivered fruits, vegetables, healthy breakfast and snack packs to 800 families weekly from March- July 2020
- Athletic opportunities combined with tutoring and healthy food (basketball, volleyball, soccer, track and field, flag football)
- Providing a safe place to learn remotely for children in need and tutoring for students 2-5 years behind in math & reading due to poverty