nourish & flourish
It is vital to realize the truth about hunger in our community. While the greater Washington, DC region forms one of the nation's wealthiest metropolitan areas, thousands of children and families in our community continue to struggle with food insecurity. 51,842 children in Montgomery County don't know where their next meal is coming from, and 1 in 3 MCPS students qualify for free or reduced meals.
The problem is further exacerbated in the District, where 31% of households with children are food insecure -- the nation's highest rate. In a city beheld as the nation's capital, 31,000 of its children don't know when they will have their next meal and 73% of its public school students qualify for free or reduced meals: a shameful paradox.
Hunger is the most basic of injustices. And it is an injustice particularly detrimental for children, for whom being deprived of a good meal also means being deprived of a sense of security, enough energy to get through the day, and good mental health. The fact of the matter is simple: communities that aren't well nourished cannot flourish.
a healthy outlook
Families that are food insecure eat unhealthier meals on average. The primary reason for this is simply because junk foods are cheaper and easier; fast food can be consumed on the go, and for a lesser price than fresh vegetables and fruits. Children need to be well nourished to grow up healthy and strong, and so Nourish & Flourish places an emphasis on supplying fresh veggies and fruits.
aiding local kitchens
Building community connections is vital to helping those dealing with hunger. Nourish & Flourish aids local kitchens with a twofold approach: first, by preparing and donating meals to our area's most reputable hunger oriented organizations, and second, by creating links between those organizations and local restaurants and grocery stores. Such businesses often have a stockpile of perfectly edible food that go unused and can be crucial suppliers.
filling the gaps
Children from food insecure families are eligible for free or reduced lunches and breakfasts at school. These programs are integral in keeping many children healthy and well-fed. The gaps, however, remain, on the weekends and during the summer. We recognize the importance of filling these gaps, and so Nourish & Flourish particularly sponsors programs that provide after-school bags and summer lunches.