The mission of Connecting Kids To Meals (formerly, Feed Lucas County Children) is to provide hot, nutritious meals at no cost to children in low-income and underserved areas throughout the entire year. As a nonprofit organization, we fulfill this mission by partnering with community locations where kids gather during the summer months and throughout the academic year. Since we began operating in 2002, we have served over 5 million meals to hungry children in need.
Recently, in partnership with Cherry Street Mission Ministries, we built a new state-of-the-art kitchen in our downtown location. There, we prepare and package our meals that are then delivered out to our partner locations in Lucas, Wood and Williams Counties.
Our work is critical as poverty and childhood hunger, in particular, continue to plague our community as well as others located nearby. Research confirms that kids who lack proper nutrition on a regular basis have a greater likelihood of experiencing academic challenges, having behavioral problems and suffering long-term health issues like obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes. We directly combat hunger by providing a hot, healthy meal to kids in need.
[It’s] about compassion and love.Tammi
Last night at New Life Church two young boys rode their bikes in the rain to make it over for dinner. Then, after eating they went home so the older two boys in their home could use the bikes to make it over. It is a smaller site in a poorer community, but the women in the church are doing a great job at helping the neighborhood kids. I left last night with mixed emotions. The program is not only about food; it’s about compassion and love. While we can’t always solve or fix every situation, but we are at least able to reach out and make a small difference in a child’s life.
– Tammi P.