Feed the Children, a leading nonprofit focused on alleviating childhood hunger, is inviting everyone to get involved in the critical work it does through its annual No Hunger Holidays campaign. The organization is asking its neighbors across the country to join in the fight against childhood hunger by raising awareness of the issue and helping families in Oklahoma and across the U.S. this holiday season. Participating is simple. Anytime you or someone you know makes a difference in their community, snap a picture and share it on social media with #ShareYourGood.
This year has been difficult for many families and has even been labeled as the hungriest year in modern history due to the economic downturn caused by COVID-19. When it's a struggle to put food on the table, children lose out on the opportunity to have a joyful holiday season.
Feed the Children is working with many corporate and community partners, volunteers and donors to make sure families receive what they need to have a brighter holiday. The nonprofit is holding distribution events in communities across Oklahoma as well as throughout the U.S. providing families with non-perishable food items; much-needed essentials such as shampoo, conditioner, lotion and personal-care items; as well as additional items like books, toys, vitamins and more.
At recent events, sponsored by Norman Regional Health System, 800 families in the Moore and Norman communities received these items just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.
“Norman Regional’s mission is to be the leader in health and wellness care for our community and we strive to fulfill this mission inside and outside our hospital doors,” said Richie Splitt, President & CEO of Norman Regional Health System. “Our employees, who we call healers, stand in the gap between the hurt and healing. Chronic hunger is a major health issue for children and adults. We are partnering with Feed the Children to remove hunger as a barrier to overall health and well-being.”
Feed the Children is also supplying hundreds of thousands of pounds of food and essentials to its network of community partners across the U.S. – making sure food pantry shelves are stocked to meet the incoming need. Throughout the holiday season, Feed the Children will provide more than 1.2 million meals to families who are just trying to make ends meet.
"We believe that no child should go to bed hungry, especially during a time full of warmth, love and sharing," said Travis Arnold, Feed the Children president and CEO. "But the reality is, millions of children face this hardship every day. Thanks to our generous partners, we are able to help these families rest a little easier knowing they don't have to worry about where their next meal is coming from this holiday season."
To learn how you can help us create a hunger-free holiday season for children and #ShareYourGood, visit feedthechildren.org or follow them on social media.