Action Ministries Announces Smart Lunch, Smart Kid Serves More Lunches than Ever
Program Served 242,517 Healthy Meals to Children Across 18 Counties During Summer Months
Leaders of Action Ministries have announced that the Smart Lunch, Smart Kid program exceeded the number of lunches it served to Georgia’s children last summer, serving in more counties and with deeper educational enrichment programs for kids, feeding their minds and bodies.
Designed to help some of the 1 million Georgia children who are at risk of hunger in the summer, the Smart Lunch, Smart Kid program is targeted to students in the state who receive a free or reduced-price lunch during the school year but do not have access to this important meal when the school year ends. The lunches are delivered directly to neighborhoods in need to overcome the barrier of lack of transportation. Through its Smart Lunch, Smart Kid program, Action Ministries was able to coordinate the work of local volunteers and organizations and lead them in their successful efforts to provide children with healthy meals and educational enrichment opportunities.
“We have been steadily growing the Smart Lunch, Smart Kid program since its inception four years ago, and 2015 was the best year yet,” said John R. Moeller, Jr., president and CEO of Action Ministries. “We were only able to serve hundreds of thousands of lunches because our 200 partnering churches, organizations and volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life chose to be Life-Changers for Georgia’s kids. Because of them and their generosity, kids in 18 counties know that lots of folks in the community care about them.”
“Thanks to Smart Lunch, Smart Kid, thousands of children who are now back in school had the healthy meals and positive educational enrichment they needed to help their minds grow during the summer and start the school year off right,” continued Moeller.
“Smart Lunch, Smart Kid is an excellent demonstration of the fact that ordinary people can do extraordinary things when they come together to serve others,” said Mark Hellman, associate vice president of regional hunger relief for Action Ministries. “What happened in these cities can happen in any town in Georgia next year. We hope to raise the bar again in 2016, and we invite communities to join us and bring Smart Lunch, Smart Kid to their children in need.”
According to Action Ministries’ representatives, research shows proper nutrition in childhood plays an important role in a young person’s physical and mental growth. Significantly high percentages of children in Georgia are classified as food insecure, meaning they have limited or uncertain access to adequate food and are at risk of hunger.
Each weekday – from the first through the last day of summer vacation – Smart Lunch, Smart Kid volunteers fanned out through communities to distribute healthy lunches prepared by members of the community to children who receive free or reduced-price lunches during the regular school year.
Here is a list of the counties with the most children served:
- Fulton: 30,412 total meals served, with an average of 541 children helped each day
- Clarke/Oconee: 28,387 total meals served, with an average of 282 children helped each day
- Butts: 23,328 total meals served, with an average of 433 children helped each day
- Carroll: 22,807 total meals served, with an average of 502 children helped each day
- DeKalb: 20,167 total meals served, with an average of 173 children helped each day
Statewide sponsors included Walmart Foundation (its associates supported the program financially and with donations of time and essential food items pivotal to the initiative’s success), Amerigroup, American Woodmark Foundation, Chick-fil-A Foundation, Gas South, Knox Foundation, Potash Corp, Puckett EMS, St. Mary's Hospital of Athens, Arby’s, Street Grace, Southwire, VISTA, Citizen’s Bank, United Way and WellCare.
For more information about the 2016 program, contact Mark Hellman of Action Ministries at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Rachel Ruckart at email@example.com
or 770-905-9191. For the most up-to-date information, visit www.Facebook.com/ActionMinistriesSmartLunchSmartKid.