Childhood hunger – or food insecurity – is a national problem. It occurs when children receive insufficient food on a regular basis and in many cases, missing meals entirely. After a while, these children also experience ‘fear of hunger’ that affects their behavior as much as physical hunger affects their bodies.”
End 68 Hours of Hunger
is a private, not-for-profit, effort to confront the approximately 68 hours of hunger that some school children experience between the free lunch they receive in school on Friday afternoon and the free breakfast they receive in school on Monday morning.
We started feeding 19 local children in October 2011 and as of January 2013 were serving nearly 500 children per week in New Hampshire (Dover, Somersworth, Portsmouth, Alton, Barnstead, Barrington, Milton, Hampton) and Maine (Kittery, Eliot) and soon to be in Exeter and York.
How does the program help?
This program, established in New Hampshire in 2011, puts nourishing food in the hands of elementary school children to carry them through the weekend. Volunteers purchase the food, pack the bags and deliver them to the offices of the selected elementary schools. From there, a school employee delivers the food to the classrooms of the individual participating students. The students take the food home on Friday afternoon. The cycle starts again, every week.
Each bag of food costs $10 each week per child and provides two breakfasts, two lunches and three dinners for a child, with some left over to share!
The program is completely volunteer.
100% of the donated funds received purchases food for these children. All efforts are voluntary! No one gets paid!
Storing the Food
Great news! We’re building a permanent 20 x 40 facility. Learn more.