The mission of Connecting Kids To Meals (formerly, Feed Lucas County Children) is to provide hot, nutritious meals at no cost to kids 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 6 million meals to hungry kids 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, Hancock, Seneca 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.
Our programs offered:
Please be advised that due to the COVID-19 virus, our after school programs have been suspended. Meals are being provided through UNITED WAY’S 211.
How great of an impact you have had on our community.PTO President, Joann White Jones leadership Academy
I want to share with you how much of a positive difference CKM has made in our school and community. Our students are very thankful. They may not voice it but I believe it is true because they come back daily. We have students that walk home after school and then walk back for dinner (they wouldn’t come back if there was food at home). We have neighborhood children as young as 2 crossing the street with siblings who are in the 1st and 2nd grade comming daily to eat. It amazes me to see these babies without on adult. I wonder what they were eating before… Thanks again for everything.