The month of September started with us celebrating Labor Day for our country. With that celebration and acknowledgement of the United States workforce, Kids Against Hunger of Cambridge wants to acknowledge the output of meals from the laborers from the state of Minnesota and particularly Cambridge. KAH Nationwide produced 40,651,528 bags of food; Minnesota s did 11,088,728 or 27% of the nation output on the whole.
The Cambridge chapter of KAH did 159,408 meals packaged, of which 30,024 packaged meals stayed in our local area. The rest of the Cambridge packaged meals went overseas and were designated for Kenya and Haiti. This has the Cambridge site almost doing 15% of the Minnesota’s output of meal packets for Kids Against Hunger 2011. These are new numbers that Kids Against Hunger’s main office has tracked to for us to review. WE in Cambridge have 827 volunteers that have done this and we salute God’s Army of Cambridge this Labor Day Month. Thank You!!
Another packing by New Hope Church of Cambridge!
On May 20th, New Hope Church packaged 14,472 nutritious meals. New Hope packs food as part of their Serve off Site program where the church members spend their Sunday serving the community in various ways. Kids Against Hunger Cambridge is one of their service projects and they enthusiastically package food for local and world hunger relief. This year they did their packing event in their new office location in downtown Cambridge. They do these packings two times each year and we are thankful for their involvement.
On June 14, 2012, Richard Proudfit won the Jefferson Awards. The Jefferson Awards is the nation’s highest honor for community service. It is given to individuals or organizations whose selfless, noble and compassionate work has improved the lives of countless people and amplified our collective commitment to helping one another and contributing to the larger good. Richard is from Minnesota and is the founder of Kids Against Hunger. He was awarded the Jefferson Award for feeding staving children around the world. He is responsible for delivering more than 900 million meals to children in need. The organizations that he inspired are now providing more than 200 million meals to children every year!
*10 million people struggle to get enough to eat in the Sahel region of West Africa.
*1 billion people worldwide live in chronic hunger! That’s equivalent to the populations of North America and Europe combined.
*A child is 45 times more likely to die before age 5 in Nigeria than in France.
*Kenya and other Eastern African countries are experiencing the worst drought in more than 60 years.
*1.1 billion people were already living on less than $1 a day before the global food, fuel, and financial crisis began in 2007.
*12.4 million people in the Horn of Africa need food aid to aviod starvation.
*One in three people in sub-Suharan Africa are undernourished.
*20% of Kenya’s population live on less than $1.25 a day.
According to UNOCHA, UNICEF, The World Bank, UNFAO
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We would like to raise our hats to St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Mora, MN this month. They have been coming to our site to pack for 4 years now, bringing in five different groups. Altogether, they have fed 18,046 hungry people a nutritious meal. Many have also done a personal fast at the same time, plus helped raise the funding for their packings as well. Congratulations to all!
St. Mary’s Coordinator, Sue Grabowski, she shared with us that the students really like doing this project, and realize they are making a difference in the lives of the hungry. They would like to come even maore often, if they could–and the distance away is workable too. They plan to continue with this project, and we are happy to continue to work with them!
See you next year, St. Mary’s!
World Food Day was a tremendous success. In our six-year history we have never packed this many meals at one time. We packaged 60,234 meals with the help of around 250 volunteers. The food packaged that day was combined with some inventory we had on hand and Monday morning we sent a loaded truck with over 71,000 meals down to the KAH International office to be combined with other Kids Against Hunger satellite contributions to be sent immediately for the Horn of Africa Relief efforts.
Many thanks to the volunteers who packed. Thanks also to volunteers who gave their time leading the packing lines, setting up, tearing down, and helping the event flow so smoothly.
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Cambridge Community working with Kids Against Hunger© Nationwide to provide Four Million Meals for
Starving Children and their Families
Women and children in northern Africa are facing a painful death by starvation as famine conditions have worsened in the region known as the Horn of Africa. Famine-like conditions are threatening the lives of more than 12 million people in drought-stricken Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia. The United Nations is calling the crisis the world’s most serious humanitarian disaster in over a generation.
The crisis in the Horn of Africa is worsening every day and will continue for the next several months. Almost half of the population in Somalia is malnourished and one child in three is suffering severe malnutrition. Thousands of people have already died of starvation as they flee to refugee camps along the Somalia border in northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia. The famine is also severe in drought-impacted Ethiopia, Sudan, and Tanzania.
Food and water are desperately needed now to save the lives of tens of thousands of children. For that reason, Kids Against Hunger-Cambridge will increase production immediately to help feed these starving children. KAH-Cambridge will join with other Kids Against Hunger© USA satellites and the relief organization World Help (Forest, VA) to produce, ship and deliver over 4 million high protein meals within the next few weeks.
Kids Against Hunger-Cambridge feeds a starving child a high protein meal for under 20 cents a day. That means it costs less than $73 for feeding a child for a year. This incredible achievement has been accomplished through very intentional efforts to enlist volunteers, maintain minimal overhead and keep fixed costs extremely low. Each volunteer that packs for 2 hours can produce enough food to feed a child for one year. Arrange to have your group come in soon to pack the meals that will save lives.
To inquire into how you can help, contact Kay or Angie at 763-528-5003, or firstname.lastname@example.org .