Action Ministries Announces Smart Lunch, Smart Kid Meets Bodacious Goal

8/19/2013

Program Exceeds Goal of Serving 200,000 Healthy Meals to Children During Summer Months

Leaders of Action Ministries have announced that thanks to widespread support the Smart Lunch, Smart Kid program that had hoped to serve 200,000 healthy lunches to children in Georgia was instead able to exceed its goal and serve 210,055 lunches this summer.

A total of 1,486 volunteers donated 24,054 volunteer hours to make and serve the lunches to children living in 24 cities located in 13 counties in our Conference.

Designed to help the thousands of Georgia children who are at risk of hunger, the Smart Lunch, Smart Kid program was created to assist the more than 800,000 students in Georgia 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. 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.

“Last year, we exceeded our goal of serving 100,000 healthy lunches and for this year we set the bodacious goal of serving 200,000 lunches,” said John R. Moeller, Jr., president and CEO of Action Ministries. “Volunteers from all walks of life heard our call and, while there is much more work to do, Smart Lunch, Smart Kid 2013 helped to kick child hunger in Georgia.”

“Thanks to Smart Lunch, Smart Kid thousands of children who are now back in school had the healthy meals they needed to help their minds grow during the summer and start the school year off right,” continued Moeller.

“Smart Lunch, Smart Kid teaches us that everyone – from the students of Berry College in Rome to the Guinness World Record event members of the Atlanta Lions Club to employees from Honeybaked who held a volunteaming event and made 4,000 lunches – can have an impact on the children of Georgia,” said Mark Hellman, executive director of hunger relief programs for Action Ministries. “What happened in these 24 cities can happen in any town in Georgia next year. We welcome the opportunity to talk
about our plans for 2014 with all those who would like information.”

"Gas South is proud to partner with Action Ministries on its programs that provide meaningful and lifechanging assistance to people all across Georgia," said Kevin Greiner, CEO and President of Gas South, LLC. "We congratulate the thousands of Smart Lunch, Smart Kid volunteers in communities both large and small that came together so that they could help others right in their hometowns. Many of our own employees rolled up their sleeves and pitched in, resulting in a donation of 1,000 lunches to the
program and demonstrating the Gas South spirit of helping others."

According to Action Ministries, 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 day 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.

Using the most up-to-date data available, a local Action Ministries coordinator identified communities of greatest need and determined suitable distribution sites. Under the guidance of this coordinator, volunteers and organizations worked together to make, package and deliver healthy sack lunches to children in the area who were not served by other programs.

On Labor Day 2013, Action Ministries will give the people of Georgia another opportunity to financially support the program when it presents Action Dash, a family friendly 5K with five races in five cities on one day. For more information visit www.ActionDash.org.

For more information about the 2014 program, contact Mark Hellman of Action Ministries at mhellman@actionministries.net or 770-905-9191 or Andrea Fowler, vice president for programs at afowler@actionministries.net or 404-824-3019. For the most up-to-date information visit www.Facebook.com/ActionMinistriesSmartLunchSmartKid.


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