NOTE: This is a guest post from Kristy Taylor, Executive Director at Show Kids You Care. Kristy knows from personal experience what it feels like to not have enough food at home. Inspired from her past, she now leads the organization with passion and courage.
When you go to bed at night what do you think about before falling into sleep? Do you think about whether you remembered to let the dog out, or if you confirmed tomorrow’s coffee with a friendly face? Do you think about the things you’re looking forward to or the happy memories you have made? Do you think about work which remains unfinished?
I know that every night before I go to sleep there are many thoughts of my family’s well-being, and of others who might be struggling in greater ways than I have known. In a letter from one of our program partners I recently received, a five year-old with two younger siblings and a pregnant mom told the coordinator, “I love coming here and having milk with my cereal, at home we have it with water.”
Another child, in the same program told a volunteer that he had never tasted an orange before attending the breakfast program. He now loves oranges so much he asks his mother to buy them.
I hear these kinds of stories all the time. Hunger has so many faces, some even hidden, but these faces belonging to hungry children obviously exist when we consider Canada’s high rate of child poverty, and that over 850,000 monthly food bank users in Canada are children (Food Banks Canada).
It’s these children, who with your help, Show Kids You Care (SKYC) is able to reach out to. Food provides the opportunity for potential to be realized, and for the development of healthy bodies and minds.
Show Kids You Care leads a national network of 500 breakfast clubs, lunch programs, snack programs, and after school meal programs for kids living in poverty in Canada. We operate in 150 communities throughout the country. Volunteers help buy groceries, make meals, and feed precious kids.
Photo courtesy of Show Kids You Care. Children in the photos participate in the SKYC network of programs.