Over 907,617,453 school meals have been missed by kids in need due to current closures, and that number is continuing to grow. No Kid Hungry, a campaign by the nonprofit organization Share Our Strength, is offering real-time emergency grant funding to schools and community organizations to make sure low-income kids and families have access to the nutrition they need. To date, it has awarded more than $5.3 million in grants to 191 organizations across 44 states and D.C.
In Louisiana, No Kid Hungry is teaming up with local and statewide partners to provide resources and support to schools and community organizations across the state. Specifically, it is a member of Mayor Cantrell's COVID-19 Youth Services Task Force and is coordinating with individual schools and partners like Dyrades YMCA to support meal programs for kids. It is also in close touch with schools in Caddo Parish, Webster Parish, Lafayette Parish, East Baton Rouge, Livingston Parish and more. It is working with Feeding Louisiana to ensure it is collaborating in efforts to reach children and families alike. In the coming days, it hopes to be able to leverage state data to populate its texting hotline to let parents and caregivers know about emergency food distribution sites in their communities. Here’s a complete breakdown of the No Kid Hungry grants in action across our state:
Furthermore, No Kid Hungry has developed a new resource, FAQs on Pandemic-EBT and Coronavirus Response-SNAP, which answers questions related to the Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) and Coronavirus Response SNAP (CR-SNAP) programs authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. No Kid Hungry has also updated its FAQs on Child Nutrition Program Options Available During School Closures Related to the Coronavirus resource to account for recent policies adopted by Congress and new waivers and guidance from USDA.
In addition to raising funds and providing resources to aid those in need, No Kid Hungry also aims to raise awareness. On Friday, April 3rd, it hosted a Twitter Storm to thank the incredible folks in the field working to make sure kids are getting meals during COVID-19 school closures. During the one hour Twitter Storm, it saw 1,445 posts from 413 individuals using the hashtag #ThankAHungerHero – with 111,565,300 total impressions. We encourage people to keep using it to thank those working on the front lines to make sure kids have access to the food they need during this crisis.
Click here for more information on Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign and how you can help its efforts.